Australian players won the pay war, says Border
According to the former Australia captain, Allan Border, Australian cricket’s pay war was won by the cricketers. But he feels that cricket in the grassroots of Australia are not going to reap any benefit from this new pay deal.
“The players have had a huge win,” Border said. “This has been a total knock-out in the 15th round for the players. They should be very happy with the situation, particularly the girls.”
Cricket Australia(CA) and Australian Cricketers’ Association(ACA) came to an in principle terms on Thursday after having rigorous talks for almost 10 months. The deal guarantees state and international players will receive up to 30 percent of an estimated USD 1.67 billion of revenue over the next five years, while female player payments will increase their stake from USD 7.5 million to USD 55.2 million. It also includes up to USD 30 million for grassroots cricket.
Border feels that the proposed sanction for the grassroots is not sufficient and the dire state of the grassroots is not going to improve with this new pay deal.
“I can’t quite work out grassroots cricket (though), what’s going to change? They still go out there and do their chook raffles and fundraising events and nothing much has changed as far as I can tell,” Border added.
The end of this dreaded pay war has opened the doors for Australia’s tour of Bangladesh to go as planned. The Australian Test side scheduled tour Bangladesh after a decade. The much awaited two match Test series will begin from August 27.