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29th-Apr-2017

Aussies reject `disrespectful` pay offer

By AFP, Sydney

Australia's players' union Friday rejected a Cricket Australia pay and conditions proposal, saying it was unfair and disrespectful.
The sport's governing body put forward an improved offer, but the Australian Cricketers' Association called it a "win" for administrators, but a "loss" for cricket.
CA has offered total potential pay for all players, including guaranteed and performance elements, of Aus$419 million over the next five-years, an increase of 35 percent.
Men who represent Australia at international level would see their average yearly retainer rise to Aus$816,000 by 2021/22.
With match fees and performance bonuses, the expected average income for these players-including Big Bash League Twenty20 payments-would soar 25 percent to Aus$1.45 million.
CA also plans to more than double elite women players' pay, giving them the opportunity to pursue a fully professional career at both international and domestic levels.
But the ACA said the offer compromised CA's "otherwise positive response to the ACA's calls for gender equity".