Australia tour of Bangladesh set to proceed following pay dispute ends

Jessica Allison
August 4, 2017

Cricket Australia have agreed in principle to a Heads of Agreement with the Australian Cricketers' Association that resolves key issues and provides the basis for a full Memorandum of Understanding for 2017-22. Almost 250 cricketers were out of a contract after the previous Memorandum of Understanding expired on June 30.

While the new deal has not yet been signed off, chief executive of the ACA Alistair Nicholson suggested there will be no further problems in finalising the contract.

However, Steve Smith is now to lead his team to Dhaka on August 18, with a one-day tour to India next month and October and the showpiece home Ashes series against England, beginning in November, also now safe.

The ABC understands the deal includes a version of a revenue share model, which the players were fighting hard to keep. Cricket Australia wanted to scrap the revenue sharing model that has governed player salaries for 20 years.

A tired-looking Sutherland declined to say whether the deal was a win for the players, but insisted it was a win "for the game" that would allow greater investment in the grass-roots. After the three Test series in Bangladesh, they will tour India for five ODIs and three T20s from September 17 to October 11, and that will be followed by the Ashes in November.

However, the parties have now settled for a modified revenue-sharing model that will provide players 30% of agreed revenue, consisting of 27.5% of forecast revenue streams.

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The widening gulf between the players and the association compelled Australian Cricketers Association Commercial Manager, Tim Cruickshank, to visit India for "commercial opportunities" for the players.

It has taken several months, even left the national and domestic players unemployed for over 30 days.

Grassroots and back pay are the other key points in the agreement. Relationships within the game have been tested, and I know that's been a bit of a turn-off for some fans.

"In announcing this agreement, we are restoring certainty, beginning to fix relationships, especially with the fans", Sutherland was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Mr Sutherland said that "both sides have compromised in order to reach agreement".

"They did not arrive here earlier on two occasions but now as they are coming, it is definitely big thing for us", he added.

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