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"How is this our fault?" Warner lashes Cricket Australia

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David Warner has lashed Cricket Australia for the increasing financial pain felt by fellow Australian players as the pay dispute hurtles towards arbitration.

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The star batsman has denied cricketers are at fault for the impasse, saying their best resolution attempts have been snubbed as they endure unemployment.

“We offered $30m of our money to grassroots as a peace plan. It was ignored,” Warner posted to Instagram.

“We asked for mediation twice before and it was rejected.

“Now CA says there is a crisis. The players are unemployed and some are hurting financially but continue to train.

“Administrators all still being paid. How is it our fault no deal is done?”

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has called for arbitration if the pay impasse can’t be broken within days.

CA is getting nervous as the pay dispute is set to drag into August, the month of a scheduled two-Test tour of Bangladesh.

“I have increasing concerns about timelines,” Sutherland told reporters yesterday in Melbourne.

“We have got a tour coming up to Bangladesh and I think it’s really important this issue is resolved right now or in the short term.

“We have got a fair mechanism to do that. Best intent – and compromise on both parts will see the matter resolved.”

The Australian Cricketers’ Association said the players’ union had been pushing for mediation all along.

“Cricket Australia has lost the players and most of the game’s stakeholders in the process,” the ACA said in a statement.

“And now, after pushing the players into unemployment, an extended period of a lack of financial transparency, after three months of rejecting mediation and only after the recent arrival of the CA CEO into talks, CA discovers the need for urgency.”

The cricketers’ body has proposed contracts covering next month’s Bangladesh tour and a draft Memorandum of Understanding.

Sutherland said arbitration was a logical step if the stalemate couldn’t be broken by early next week.

The cricketers could be covered by short-term contracts during arbitration, he said.

The Bangladesh tour is followed by October’s ODI tour of India, ahead of the keenly anticipated home Ashes summer.

“There are a handful of issues that are unresolved that need to be worked through,” Sutherland said.

“I do see a way forward. I’m optimistic that both parties getting together over the next few days can resolve the issue but time will tell.

“What we have put forward here is a good solution; it’s a fair-minded solution.”

Sutherland retained some hope the warring factions could reach lasting peace without arbitration.

“There is no doubt there is a bit of an impasse here,” he said.

“But I believe that with positive intent and the right people in the room, we can get this sorted in the next few days.

“Failing that, we’re prepared to say that we put the issues to arbitration, we accept the umpire’s decision and the game goes on.”

About 230 Australian cricketers have effectively been unemployed since the start of the month after the expiry of the last pay deal.

Players and the ACA scrapped an Australia A tour of South Africa.

The tour of Bangladesh is due to start on August 22 with a two-day fixture, preceded by a pre-tour camp the week after next.

Warner, one of the richest cricketers in Australia, evoked the emotion of the Baggy Green cap to plead the players’ case.

“This Baggy means the world to me. Myself and all the other cricketers female and male want to get out there and play,” he said.

 

This Baggy means the world to me. Myself and all the other cricketers female and male want to get out there and play. We offered $30m of our money to grassroots as a peace plan. It was ignored. We asked for mediation twice before and it was rejected. Now CA says there is a crisis. The players are unemployed and some are hurting financially but continue to train. Administrators all still being paid. How is it our fault no deal is done. #fairshare

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-AAP

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