Sydney: Cricket Australia offered what it called Tuesday a ground-breaking remuneration and benefits proposal to the nation’s elite men and women cricketers in a bid to end a pay impasse.
The head body said the package meant women had the opportunity to pursue a fully professional career at both international and domestic levels, while men would continue to be among the country’s best paid sport stars.
CA chief James Sutherland said the five-year Memorandum of Understanding contained a number of landmark features.
“Under the proposal, women will receive an immediate average pay increase of more than 125 percent."
This would see international women cricketers’ pay jump from Aus$79,000 (US$60,885) to Aus$179,000 as of July 1 this year, with an expectation that it will rise to Aus$210,000 by 2021.
CA said total potential remuneration for all players, including guaranteed and performance elements, would go up from Aus$311 million over the course of the current MOU (2012-17) to Aus$419m over the next five-year period, 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.
“We have placed the emphasis on increasing the guaranteed amount that the men will receive, rather than rely on any projected increase in revenue," he added.
“This is a landmark agreement. We are now looking forward to sitting down with the ACA to work through the details and we are confident we will be able to announce a completed agreement before June 30."