Melbourne: The long-standing pay dispute in Australian cricket was finally resolved today with the CA announcing a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding under which a trimmed list of 17 contracted players will receive increased match fees at all levels besides performance bonuses for series wins.
Cricket Australia`s (CA)National Selection Panel nominated the players, trimmed to 17 from last year`s 25, based on their "form over the past 12 months."
Other criteria included their "likelihood of Australian selection over the next 12 months taking into account the formats of cricket Australia plays, balance of the side and the need to ensure the future development of the Test and limited overs teams."
The weighting for Tests outweighs ODI, which outweighs Twenty20. The weight of Tests was also strengthened following the Australian Team Performance Review outcomes.
Commenting on the CA contract list for 2012-13, National Selector John Inverarity said, "Following the recommendations of the Australian Team Performance Review and negotiations between CA and the ACA, the NSP today announces a Contract List of 17 players, a reduction in numbers of nearly one-third from the 25 of recent years.
"Naming just 17 players initially, with the ability to upgrade others, as and when performance warrants, ensures a tighter alignment between current performance, recognition and reward," he added.
Among the players who have missed out on a contract is Ed Cowan, who has been Australia`s opener since the Boxing Day Test against India last year. Former captain Ricky Ponting, who has been displaying inconsistent form, has been retained in the top-17.
"The list of 17 players is brim full of talent, raw enthusiasm and determination to enhance the performance and reputation of Australian cricket," Inverarity said.
"In addition, there are a number of very good and highly regarded players who the NSP have considerable faith in - and hopes for - who didn`t, on this occasion, `make the cut` for the Contract List of 17. Ed Cowan, George Bailey, Peter Forrest, Clint McKay, Dan Christian and some others come readily to mind.
"The expectation is that a handful of names will be added to the list as the season unfolds and upgrade points are accrued by those players representing Australia in the various formats of the game."
Under the new MOU agreement, the minimum CA retainer contract is now 230,000 dollars and with a performance based model in place.
The match fee in Tests has been increased from last year 13,400 dollars to 14,000 dollars.
"Playing XI fee now equals the Squad Fee plus a 20 per cent loading. Players can only receive one of the Squad Fee or Playing XI Fee per match. All players in the squad qualify for the Match Win Bonus. Loading fees also apply to matches played overseas," the CA said.
"Any player upgraded to a CA retainer during the contract period will receive a retainer of 190,000 dollars. As also announced in the new MOU, players will receive added bonuses for series wins," it added.
Contracted Players: Michael Clarke, Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Shane Watson, David Warner.