Australia Captain Steve Smith Refuses To 'Give Up' Revenue-Sharing Model

Updated: 09 July 2017 16:26 IST

Steve Smith said players were resisting CA's attempts to adopt changes to the revenue-sharing model which was introduced 20 years ago.

Australia Captain Steve Smith Refuses To 'Give Up' Revenue-Sharing Model
Steve Smith said that Australian players are determined to keep the revenue sharing model. © AFP

Australia captain Steve Smith on Sunday said that the players will not back down in the pay dispute saga with Cricket Australia and refused to give up on the longstanding revenue-sharing pay deal, linked to the game's overall financial fortunes. The players have already boycotted an Australia A tour to South Africa and future tours, including the Ashes, are under a cloud. Following intense negotiations the logjam between the player representatives, the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), and the country's cricket board refuses to come to an end.

The failure to reach an agreement on a new pay deal has left 230 cricketers unemployed since June 30 when their contracts expired.

Smith took to Instagram and stood resolutely behind the players' stance, saying: "I'll say what we as players have been saying for some time now: we are not giving up the revenue-sharing model for all players."

 

I'll say what we as players have been saying for some time now: we are not giving up the revenue sharing model for all players. But, through the ACA we are willing to make important changes to modernise the existing model for the good of the game. We are and have always been willing to make those changes. Changes for how the model can be adapted for the even greater benefit of grass roots cricket, which is after all where we all started. We are determined to keep revenue sharing for all because we must take care of domestic players in Australia. As leaders that's what David, Meg, Alex and I have been fighting for: a fair share for state players who are also partners in cricket. I know from my career that when I was dropped in 2011 if I didn't have a strong domestic competition to go back to, I certainly wouldn't be in the position that I'm in today. State players need to be taken care of financially so the domestic competition will always be strong which in turn keeps us strong at the International level. Also as Women's cricket gets bigger and bigger in Australia women players must also be able to share in what they will be earning. They must have the same chances and incentives to grow the game as the men have had since revenue sharing started. And I know I speak for all of the men that we want women cricketers in the one deal with the men as well. It's time to get a deal done. It should be and can be an exciting time for the game.

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After the boycotting Australia A tour of South Africa, which was due to start on July 12, next month's Test tour to Bangladesh and the one-day international series in India in September are also in danger of being a no-show.

Even the Ashes series against England, which is due to begin with the first of five Tests in Brisbane in late November, is under threat.

Smith said players were resisting CA's attempts to adopt changes to the revenue-sharing model which was introduced 20 years ago.

"We are determined to keep revenue sharing for all because we must take care of domestic players in Australia," Smith said.

"As leaders that's what David (Warner), Meg (Lanning), Alex (Blackwell) and I have been fighting for: a fair share for state players who are also partners in cricket.

"I know from my career that when I was dropped in 2011 if I didn't have a strong domestic competition to go back to, I certainly wouldn't be in the position that I'm in today.

"State players need to be taken care of financially so the domestic competition will always be strong which in turn keeps us strong at the international level."

The CA website said talks were expected to resume between the two parties Monday.

(With AFP Inputs)

Topics : Australia South Africa Steven Peter Devereux Smith David Andrew Warner Cricket
Highlights
  • Steve Smith says no backing down on pay dispute
  • Players boycotted an Australia A tour to South Africa
  • Revenue-sharing model was introduced 20 years ago
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