The ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the players witnessed two former players get into a debate on live television for the first time. This happened when former Australian players Ed Cowan and Michael Slater got into a debate regarding the ongoing pay dispute between the ACA and Cricket Australia on a talk show on Sky Sports Radio.
Slater, who claimed that this dispute was due to the involvement of more money and not partnerships, said, “I’m an ex-cricketer who got paid to play the game and I never walked out there thinking about whether I was a partner … because I felt like I was a partner and it didn’t matter how my pay was paid,” Slater said on Sky Sports Radio. “What is this partnership rubbish?”
However, Cowan did not concur to Slater’s point of view and said that Slater said so because he was, “seriously impeded by your job at Channel Nine” “It means that the game is in good health, it means it’s being looked after”.
Cowan further added, “I don’t care about how much I get paid, but I think it is important that it is linked to the health of the game.
“What we are trying to do is provide a check and a balance against a governing body that likes control and likes autonomous control over every decision and every moment where every dollar goes. “I think we’ve shown, not just us but the world, that dictatorships don’t work. “So what we’re trying to do is create a genuine partnership so that the game can grow and prosper and there are a check and balance in decision making. “What they (CA) are offering is essentially a surplus model with no control on costs.
“So that gives them complete control, they can go and spend as much money as they want on whatever they want and they’ve proven in the past that they don’t spend money in the right areas.”