An in-principle agreement was signed after negotiations were held between CA Chief Executive James Sutherland and Alistair Nicholson, his ACA counterpart, in Melbourne on Thursday morning.

Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers’ Association have reached a deal over pay dispute, paving the way for the Test tour of Bangladesh to proceed later this month.

A formal disclosure of the new five-year memorandum of understanding or MoU will be done at a media briefing to be held later in the afternoon.

The immediate repercussions of the deal are that two Tests in Bangladesh will now go ahead in August and September with the Australia squad scheduled to gather in Darwin next week for a pre-tour camp.

At the heart of the disagreement was CA’s insistence that a two-decade-old model, under which players receive a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.

The governing body said the model was outdated and claimed it was starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while the players’ union countered that it had underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.

The dispute had raged on for nine months and grew increasingly bitter as both sides took to airing their grievances publicly.

The union refused to deal with CA’s lead negotiator and were angered when Sutherland warned players would be unemployed and unpaid without a new agreement on the table.

Players subsequently boycotted the ‘A’ tour and warned subsequent tours to Bangladesh, India and the Ashes series were under threat.

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