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Australia opener David Warner has lashed out at Cricket Australia for releasing a video in which they ask the players to give up the revenue sharing payment model.
The players and Cricket Australia have been involved in a pay dispute for quite some time and Warner questioned the timing of the video as it comes just days before his side’s crucial Champions Trophy match against England.
If Australia win on Saturday, they will still have a chance of progressing to the semi-finals of the tournament. But, if they lose, they will be eliminated.
“If CA want to try and help us win I think they wouldn’t be releasing videos like that,” Warner said. “We have an important game coming up this week and that is our focus. The MoU can wait until after the game and the tournament.”
In the video, Cricket Australia’s chief negotiator Kevin Roberts accused the players of taking money that could be spent on grassroots cricket.
Responding to those remarks, Warner said: “It [the timing] is disappointing. But I am not going to comment on what CA are trying to do. They obviously haven’t thought about the process. We’ve given back almost 30 million to grassroots cricket. But at the end of the day we’re here to win and if CA want to try and help us win I think they wouldn’t be releasing videos like that.
“As we’ve said, we just want a fair share but leave it [the negotiations] until after the games. We have 100% support with the ACA to get to the table with CA. All the players are sticking together as one.”