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Former Australian great Ian Chappell has compared Cricket Australia’s handling of the ongoing pay dispute to the leadership style of United States President Donald Trump. The dispute which has been going on for many years has reached a tricky stage where the players are now unemployed after being out of contract from June 30. With players not on Cricket Australia payroll, they can play for independent leagues and Australia A players have pulled out of touring South Africa.
“Firstly, the issue of the amount of money paid to first-class players. CA says it wants to reduce this to overcome the shortfall in funds available to the grassroots level of the game. Its main concern is to stop the good young athletes choosing other sports, attracted by the greater odds of getting a contract and the higher remuneration available,” he wrote in the column for The Hindustan Times.
“The CA case doesn’t stand close scrutiny. If other sports are more attractive to good young athletes then why would they reduce the money available to Australia’s first-class cricketers? Surely the lure of earning a lucrative wage is one way of stemming the flow of good athletes to other sports. Decent sized rookie contracts in particular and worthwhile money for first-class cricketer, in general, is one way of making the decision for young athletes choosing a career path, more of a level playing field,” Chappell added.
Recently, Australia ‘A’ players boycotted their tour to South Africa. “Now that the June 30 deadline for a new MoU has passed and the Australia A invitation to tour South Africa has been declined by the players, there are three events that could cause a deal to be agreed.”
“Firstly, there’s the Channel Nine sponsors’ lunch on Tuesday in Melbourne. Unlike the recent Sydney event, there will be CA officials in the room and it could be rather uncomfortable for the attending administrators if a deal isn’t imminent,” he added.
Mentioning about their tour to India in October, Chappell wrote that it is unlikely CA will want to aggravate the BCCI by cancelling that tour, so they need to look for a deal to be in place by then or else the tour is likely to be re-scheduled.
“The next period of interest will be the ODI tour to India in October. It’s highly unlikely CA will want to aggravate the BCCI by cancelling that tour, so look for a deal to be in place by then or else the tour is likely to be re-scheduled,” he mentioned.