After months of backbiting, Cricket Australia and has accepted all key proposals of Australia Players’ Association to resolve the pay dispute with Australian cricketers.
It was learned that CA is on the verge of accepting Australian Players’ Union’s (ACA) proposal to end the long impasse over new pay deal and avoid the need for arbitration, local media reported on Monday.
With Bangladesh tour in August, there is a hope that CA will resolve the pay dispute as soon as possible. Both ACA and CA have been involved in a series of meetings with a motive to end the impasse.
The ball is now in CA’s court because the missing tour of Bangladesh means it will suffer a huge financial blow and official broadcaster wouldn’t like to cope with a financial blow.
On Monday, both parties maintained peace but many dailies reported that an imminent resolution under the headline “Aussie cricket on brink of peace”, while Fairfax Media reported that a “heads of agreement” deal was close to being struck.
CA chief James Sutherland proposed taking the matter to binding arbitration if a deal was not struck by early this week.
This is a war that won’t be over until it’s over and both sides remain wary of last minute complications.
Cricket Australia on Monday released its Big Bash League draw in anticipation that the MOU will be finalised.