Former Australian international cricketer Michael Clarke said that a sour pay quarrel between players and the Cricket Australia (CA) was “horrible” for the game. Even after a decision, relationships between both players and CA were likely to be in tatters.
After the months of negotiation, they have failed to achieve agreement on a new pay deal. CA chief executive James Sutherland said last week that unless concentrated negotiations over, a revenue-sharing deal produced a compromise by early this week.
Clarke terror things would not be the similarities between the governing body and the players when the disagreement was finally resolved.
The 36-year-old former said to commercial broadcaster Channel Nine, “I think it’s been horrible for the game, to be honest. There is no doubt what has happened will affect the relationship even more than it already was affected between players and Cricket Australia. The problem we have got now is that it is not just the Australian players that are affected.”
Talking about the fans and public that were also involved, Clarke said “The number one story in Australian sport.”
The negotiation between both parties continued over the weekend with the key issue a fresh revenue model. The players have been paid from gross revenue for the past 10 years, however, now Cricket Australia wants payments from a set pool.
Former Australian captain Clarke said that he could understand the influence of both parties. “Whatever has been going on, it should have done in private.”