Cricket Australia warns players not to escalate pay dispute

Sutherland has urged the players to accept the current pay scheme

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Cricket Australia has threatened not to pay their contracted players from June 30 onwards if they choose not to accept the current remuneration structure.

On Friday, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland sent a straightforward email to Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) chief Alistair Nicholson, who proceeded to forward the email to numerous players.

As a result of this, the tension between the board and its players have now reached a new high.

Furthermore, it adds an element of doubt as to whether Australia will take part in any series beyond June 30.

Australia are scheduled to tour Bangladesh in August-September before taking on England in a highly-anticipated Ashes series on home soil.

“CA is not contemplating alternative contracting arrangements to pay players beyond 30 June if their contracts have expired,” the email said. “In the absence of the ACA negotiating a new MOU (memorandum of understanding), players with contracts expiring in 2016-17 will not have contracts for 2017-18… if a new pay deal is not struck”.

The ACA have been doing everything in their power to end the standoff, but little progress has been made.

“The ACA is fast running out of time to engage with CA’s proposal and optimise the outcome for players,” Sutherland said in his email to Nicholson. “In the coming weeks, CA and states will be making contract offers to players.

“The terms of these contracts will be consistent with CA’s proposal, and contracts will be conditional on a new MOU being in place.”

Many current and former Australian players have been taking to social media and using the hashtag #fairshare to voice their anger towards the pay dispute.

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