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Australia cricketers suffer in pay dispute, lose AUD 1.2 million in salaries

Australia’s cricketers have been ‘unemployed’ since the talks between Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers Association missed the deadline to renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

cricket Updated: Jul 17, 2017 12:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja have reportedly found sponsorships from rival car manufacturers at a time when Australia’s cricketers are ‘unemployed’ following the stand-off between Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers Association.(Getty Images)

The Australian cricketers have reportedly lost AUD 1.2 million in the first fortnight in salaries due to the ongoing pay dispute with Cricket Australia (CA). More than 200 Australian cricketers (both men and women) are ‘unemployed’ ever since the talks between CA and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) missed the deadline of June 30 to arrive at the point of declaring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

According to, the amount, as declared by the sport’s governing body earlier, has been pushed into the grassroots game.

Meanwhile, Australian cricketers Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja have reportedly found sponsorships from rival car manufacturers, at a time when Toyota has been the vehicle sponsor of CA. Australia’s High Performance Manager Pat Howard had earlier sent an email to the cricketers warning them that new contracts will not be offered to them if they sign up with competing sponsors.

Till last weekend, no update of significant progress emerged out from talks between CA and ACA, as the players in the country remain off the field.

Notably, Australia A players had pulled out of the tour of South Africa, and now the national team’s tours to Bangladesh and India are in imminent danger.

In what turned out to be a positive sign from Cricket Australia, James Sutherland, the CEO, decided to join the discussions after spending a lot of time away from the meetings regarding the payment dispute.

Sutherland has reportedly had a few ‘intensive’ discussions with ACA chief Alistair Nicholson over the same.

“The increased involvement of CA CEO James Sutherland has been pleasing. A better understanding has been established on both parties’ positions,” Nicholson said.

While former captain and commentator Mark Taylor has called for compromise, Michael Clarke had opined that CA and ACA must revive the old MoU — signed at a time when he was the captain — till the two parties arrive at a solution accepted to everyone. ACA has meanwhile established a fund to help the cricketers financially while they remain unemployed, and for their benefit a lot of people — including several unknown entities — have contributed heavily.

First Published: Jul 17, 2017 12:42 IST