Aussie players receive new pay offer

Cricket Australia have presented the Australian Cricketers Association with a formal formal payment MOU offer which would break up the revenue sharing model currently in place.

CA have made few changes to the pay model that the ACA rejected late last year but have deigned to include female players in a single MOU.

The ACA have held a firm line on their refusal to give up the revenue sharing model as they see this as an attempt to cut players out of a growing number of revenue streams in particular in the digital realm.

The new agreement if accepted will see female players earning a 125% pay increase and see them afforded the same hourly rate as men in domestic cricket.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a release to the media: “We are pleased that the Australian Cricketers Association agrees with us that women, for the first time, should be part of the MOU, and we have proposed a financial model that has gender equity at its heart.

 “Under the proposal, women will receive an immediate average pay increase of more than 125%. As a result, our international women cricketers will see their average pay increase from A$79,000 to A$179,000, as of July 1 this year. By 2021, we expect to see our international women cricketers earning an average of A$210,000.

“And our state female cricketers, playing both WNCL [Women’s National Cricket League] and WBBL [Women’s Big Bash League], will see their average remuneration more than double from A$22,000 to A$52,000 this year. 

“Under this offer, we will achieve gender equity by ensuring that the minimum and average hourly pay will be the same for state men and women in 2017/18. In addition, match fees for the WNCL and the Matador Cup will be exactly the same: a one-day game for a state cricketer is worth the same to both men and women.