Australia's players won't be pressured by board - May

Australia's players won't be pressured by board - May

Australia's players won't be pressured by board - May

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has written to the ACA, warning that players might not be paid after existing contracts end on June 30 unless they agree to new terms.

David Peever, Chairman of Cricket Australia, has rejected the Australian Cricketers' Association request for mediation.

It could leave fans facing a summer devoid of cricket action, in a year that is set to have one of the most highly anticipated Ashes series.

The ACA said in response that the "threats. were a window into the nature of CA's behaviour in these negotiations so far".

"Since then, the ACA management have had over 20 hours of face-to-face meetings with CA".

"To make inaccurate statements about negotiations not having begun is poor form and clearly not consistent with good-faith discussions".

The board has made an offer that allows only global players to share in surplus revenues, while domestic cricketers will have to settle for fixed amounts.

The two bodies have been at loggerheads for more than six months.

Cricket Australia now says the model, which has long allocated players about a quarter of total revenues, is obsolete.

Players out of contract at the conclusion of the current MOU on June 30 include all female players, all global male players and about half of the male domestic players.

Star Australian batsman David Warner insists the players aren't budging to Cricket Australia.

Live global cricket is set to return to free-to-air television as part of the England and Wales Cricket Board's new proposed broadcast deal from 2020, according to tender documents leaked to The Times. On Wednesday, Peever rejected this.

He says there may be genuine issues of contention from the ACA's perspective, however they should not be an insurmountable barrier to even commencing good-faith negotiations.

Instead, Peever suggested the two parties resume talks on the formal offer, identifying common ground and isolating items on which they disagree.

But Dyer was adamant that mediation was the only logical way forward.

On the day Australia's squad for the Women's World Cup was unveiled with an acknowledgement by CA that the team will be paid in advance for a tournament that will conclude after that date, the players union outlined plans to aid around 200 players who will be out of contract if an agreement is not reached in time.

"We are genuinely committed to getting a deal done before June 30", the ACA player liaison manager Simon Katich said.

ACA boss Alistair Nicholson hasn't broached what could happen if June 30 passes without a new deal being signed.

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