Cricket Australia (CA) has presented a new remuneration proposal, which is considered as its path-breaking proposal so far. The prime consideration in the new proposal is given to “gender equity”. This would, expectedly, bring in an end to the ongoing bitter pay dispute with the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA). The new proposal place on Tuesday by is seen as an attempt to break up the fixed percentage of revenue share agreement, which ever existed since 1998.
It has been for the first time that Cricket Australia has also agreed with the ACA on the point to include the woman cricketers in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). CA chief executive, James Sutherland, hinted about various measures regarding the new pay structure. This includes, equal hourly rates of pay both for male and female domestic players and an increase of 125% for women next to their current deals. Sutherland said, “We are pleased that the Australian Cricketers Association agrees with us that women, for the first time, should be part of the MOU, and we have proposed a financial model that has gender equity at its heart.”
Sutherland also emphasised that the overall increase in player pay will be A$419 million over the next MOU (2017-2022) from the existing A$311 million over the current MOU period (2012-17). To further add, “And our state female cricketers, playing both WNCL [Women’s National Cricket League] and WBBL [Women’s Big Bash League], will see their average remuneration more than double from A$22,000 to A$52,000 this year. Under this offer, we will achieve gender equity by ensuring that the minimum and average hourly pay will be the same for state men and women in 2017/18.”
This has been viewed as a landmark agreement in the history of Australian cricket and CA is optimistic about reaching to a complete agreement before June 30 this year. Sutherland said, “It was a landmark moment. It’s a really significant step for our sport. It is truly a historic development which allows us to say with confidence that cricket is a sport for all Australians.”
In his statement to further justify the cause, Sutherland added, “It was a means to an end, not something that has to hold us back from providing players with financial certainty, a fair deal for all players including women, and the flexibility to invest in the grassroots of the game.”
Before the announcement was made, Sutherland and Alistair Nicholson, chief executive of ACA spent time with the Test team in India in recent days. However, so far the players have been united in their rejection to bring any possibility to break up the revenue sharing model. They are in a view that in spite of negotiating with the ACA, CA should negotiate directly with the players.