Australia’s pay dispute has been resolved temporarily to ensure that the series against Bangladesh, India and England can take place.
According to Sport24.co.za, players and managers have agreed on a new ‘in-principle’ deal and sorted out the ‘core issues’ on Thursday, which was confirmed by Cricket Australia chief, James Sutherland.
‘Today’s agreement is the result of sensible compromises by both parties,’ said Sutherland.
‘[It will] restore much certainty to the game of cricket.
‘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.’
The new deal will see the revenue-sharing model retained, which was the bulk cause of the lengthy dispute between the players and the CA.
The ongoing conflict left 230 cricketers unemployed since the end of June when their contracts expired, which affected future Test series.
As a result of the current agreement, Steve Smith will captain the Test side against Bangladesh in Dhaka on 18 August, followed by an ODI tour to India in September and October. The home Ashes series against England is now back on, and set for a November start.
The Australian ‘A’ tour to South Africa was cancelled last month due to a boycott by the players.
‘Relationships with the game have been tested and I know that has been a bit of a turn-off for fans,’ added Sutherland.
‘Both parties acknowledge and regret that. We are restoring certainty and beginning to repair relationships, especially with the fans. We want the focus to be back on the cricket.’