Cricket Australia and the player’s union have both hailed a new deal signed by the country’s professional Australian Rules footballers as backing their cases in a bitter pay dispute.
Australia’s top cricketers face being locked out unless a new memorandum of understanding is struck between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) before the end of the month.
At the heart of the cricket dispute is a long-standing agreement that gives the players a fixed percentage of the revenue of the game, a deal which Cricket Australia says prevents them from sufficiently investing in the grassroots.
The ACA were first to weigh in on the AFL agreement, with chief executive Alistair Nicholson congratulating the indigenous football code for “embracing the virtues of partnership” in the deal.
“In the decades that have gone past, the past players that have been in our situation have stood up for us. I was a domestic player, I was a young kid coming through, we’re doing the same as what they did as well.”
The upcoming Australia A tour of South Africa, a two-test series in Bangladesh and a limited-overs tour of India are under threat from the dispute, with the Ashes also looming at the end of the year.