“Tour of Bangladesh to proceed as planned”, says Cricket Australia chief
Australia’s bruising and protracted cricket pay dispute was finally resolved on Thursday with players and management agreeing on a new “in-principle” deal. The agreement has ensured that Australia’s upcoming tours to Bangladesh, India and the Ashes will take place as scheduled.
Cricket Australia(CA) chief executive James Sutherland confirmed the news on a press conference. He said that the “core issues” between the two parties have been worked out and the agreement is “the result of sensible compromises by both parties”.
“It will allow all players – state and international players – to be contracted immediately and it will also allow the all-important tour of Bangladesh to proceed as planned,” Sutherland said.
However, Sutherland was honest about the current sour relation between the board and the players. The negotiations have been going on for 10 months. Over 230 players were out of a contract for 34 days due to this dispute. The board and the players have blamed each other on many occasions in this period. The wounds are still quite fresh and it will take some time to heal. But the CA chief is hopeful that both the parties will forget their differences and work for the betterment of Australian cricket.
“I know that has been a bit of a turn-off for some fans,” Sutherland said. “It’s up to us to put that behind us.We are restoring certainty and beginning to repair relationships, especially with the fans. We want the focus to be back on the cricket.”