ACA unveils WaMCAP-fund for women, domestic players

  • ACA unveils WaMCAP-fund for women, domestic players

ACA unveils WaMCAP-fund for women, domestic players

A dispute Down Under has escalated to the point that Australia vice-captain David Warner is suggesting next winter's Ashes series could be in danger.

Should Joe Root have success in his first two Test series at the helm - against South Africa and West Indies - later this year, England could well overtake Australia by the start of next summer's Ashes.

For the time being, at least, it appears that South African cricket will avoid the kind of drama now unfurling in Australian cricket circles, where the top players are threatening a boycott. CA is determined to scrap revenue-sharing after 20 years, saying more funds are needed for the game's grassroots, and that its offer provides handsomely for players.

In March, CA made an offer, proposing that the average pay of Australia's worldwide women's players would rise from $A79,000 to $A179,000, while the average remuneration of state cricketers would more than double to $A52,000. "We've had discussions - I mean he's an excitement machine, so we hope he pulls up well with his injuries and plays some cricket for us", said Lehmann, as reported by

The dispute has become increasingly bitter, and CA chief executive James Sutherland raised the stakes at the weekend by declaring players would not be offered alternative contracts if they failed to reach a deal by the July deadline. The ACA is equally resolved to keep revenue-sharing, saying the system was not broken and did not need fixing.

The Australian coach finds himself in a unique position during the pay dispute, having both the ear of the players and his employer, CA.

ACA boss Alistair Nicholson hasn't broached what could happen if June 30 passes without a new deal being signed.

"We are genuinely committed to getting a deal done before June 30", he said.

"It's a Catch 22, but I'm sure a balance will be struck - and 99 per cent of the time worldwide cricket will take precedence".

"It is going to be a bit of a distraction, there's no doubt about that", he said.

Australian cricketers have threatened that they will turn to strike action should cricket officials not budge from their current pay offer. The coach also said that he is in constant touch with Steve Smith, who is now playing for Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League.

A plan set out by CA in March proposed wage rises for male and female players but excluded an existing clause that entitles athletes to a share of its revenue. From a player's point of view they're just sticking together, we support players and support CA.