Australia board threatens players with unemployment

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The major reason behind the ACA's opposition is CA's proposal to scrap a shared revenue model for player payments, which has been in place for almost 20 years. Cricket is the greatest game in the world.

Gilchrist urged both parties to meet at the negotiation table, something that has not yet been achieved.

Warner, who's in India preparing to captain his Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL elimination final, added that Australia's top players could turn to Twenty20 tournaments overseas if CA cut them loose.

Spearhead Mitchell Starc hinted last weekend at the prospect of this summer's Ashes being staged without the country's top players, while Warner noted the players "won't buckle at all" and "if it gets to the extreme they might not have a team for the Ashes".

"In its defence of the status quo, the ACA's narrative about the history and supposed sanctity of the existing pay model has unfairly placed current players in a hard position", Sutherland wrote.

"I have had players say to me in January that we could well be on strike in July".

Warner warned that T20 leagues would provide plenty of opportunities for out of contract stars to make money specifically referencing the Caribbean Premier League and the Natwest T20 Blast, while the new Global Destination League in South Africa might also be an option.

As part of the expiring MoU, players earned through the fixed sharing model between 24.5 and 27 per cent annually dependent on the performances of the Australian teams, while 26 per cent of net revenue from the 2015 World Cup went to the players' union.

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Strike action was also touted, but Gilchrist says the move did not sit well with him then, and his opinion has not changed in 2017. "So it was a conflict for me", Gilchrist explained.

"But if it gets there we'll have to do what it takes".

But the ACA said the proposal was "a win for cricket administrators but a loss for cricket". And now I am back here commentating.

'It's great for England to see Australia falling out and fighting with each other but in terms of the game as a whole it's not a great story, ' he said on BBC Radio 5 Live's Tuffers and Vaughan Show.

"While CA is proposing to modify the 1990s revenue share model for the 2017 landscape, it is inaccurate to suggest that domestic men no longer share in cricket revenue under the CA proposal".

"We thought something along the lines of this might's not come as a shock, but more the fact it has come so early", the 64-Test opener said. Under the agreement, the minimum CA retainer contract is worth (AUD) $230,000 with performance payments, including $14,000 for each Test match, $5600 for a one-day worldwide and $4200 for a Twenty20 global.

Another player reacted to the situation, but in a completely different manner.

The statement was tweeted by ESPNCricinfo and in response, former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy sent a cynical response.

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