Australian cricketers have supported to sign the new pay deal and the Australian Association said on Friday, as the dust established on a staining 10-month argument that opened up bottomless fault lines in the country’s favourite sport.
On Thursday, Cricket Australia and the players union announced that they had settled an “in principle” deal, finally ending the month-long exclude that threatened a tour of Bangladesh and this year’s Ashes series.
The player’s vote was no formality but the union boss Alistair Nicholson said that it had taken place and been “overwhelmingly” in a good turn of the heads of agreement that will form the basis of a new five-year pay deal.
Union boss Alistair Nicholson tweeted “Thanks to the fans for their patience throughout this negotiation. Players looking forward to getting back to playing cricket.”
Talking about the deal to Australia media was evenly irresistible in its estimation that the players had “won” the dispute after the maintenance of the proceeds share about the deal that Cricket Australia had been determined to get rid of.
Peter Lalor said the governing body had questions to answer, he wrote: “Cricket Australia went to war with its most valuable asset because; it claimed the revenue-share model was outdated and made administration of its business too difficult.”
He added, “CA has at best achieved a little tinkering around the edges of revenue share… as somebody said early this week, that much could have been agreed to over a beer.”
Greg Baum said in Melbourne to The Age that the player and the board were undervalued each other. “It is pretty clear that CA thought the players would cave in one they were not being paid. But it is also clear that the players expected CA to soften in its hard line once commercial realities began to pinch. Meantime, trust and respect went by the wayside, and so did an “A” tour to South Africa.”
Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson wrote on Twitter, “It makes me so proud of this current generation of Australia cricketers who have stood united to preserve what the cricketers of yesteryear fought so hard to attain.”
Skipper Steve Smith also added a conciliatory note on Twitter, “I’d like to thank the ACA for negotiating on behalf of the players and I’m excited that we can all start working together again to continue to grow our great game. I look forward to Bangladesh, India and an exciting summer of Ashes cricket.”