New pay agreement on cards for Oz cricketers

Melbourne: Cricket Australia`s dispute over players` payment is likely to end soon as a new pay contract could be agreed upon as early as next week.

A formal meeting between the two parties is scheduled for next week.

Negotiations over the players` claim to share in the royalties from private investment in the Big Bash League and the sale of land surrounding Perth`s WACA ground had hit a road-block since past two months, despite the looming June 30 deadline.

The dilemma has prevented CA from confirming which 25 players will hold the elite contracts for the coming season and has also kept many domestic-level players in a fix, as the states have not been able to decide which players they will retain.

Australian Cricketers` Association (ACA) chief executive Paul Marsh yesterday confirmed that the stand-off between the two since the end of the World Cup in April, had finally abated.

"If you go back to the last two (memorandums of understanding), we were frantically negotiating during the same period (before their expiry)," Marsh was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.

"CA chief executive James Sutherland and I have been talking informally over the past few weeks about how we can move forward, and I think we`re pretty close to finding a way forward," he said.


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