04 August, 2017
Australian cricket's bitter pay war appears to finally be over.
A pay deal has been reached between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA), the ABC understands, as the parties call a press conference for later this afternoon.
"All uncontracted players, on the signing of the full MOU which will continue to be negotiated for the next four to six weeks will receive back pay (from July 1, when many became uncontracted) when that's resolved".
At the heart of the dispute is CA's insistence that the two-decade-old model under which players get a fixed percentage of revenue should be jettisoned.
The governing body said the model was outdated and claimed it was starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while the players' union countered that it had underpinned the game's growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.
"Both parties acknowledge and regret that".
"To have retained the revenue-sharing model and increased the level we have and ensure that men, women, domestic and worldwide players receive a fair share is great news for the players and for the game", Nicholson said.
A limited-overs series in India was scheduled after that, before the Ashes series starts in Brisbane in November.
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"Relationships with the game have been tested and I know that has been a bit of a turn off for fans", he said.
"In announcing this agreement we are restoring certainty, beginning to fix relationships, especially with the fans".
The negotiations between CA and ACA had come to a standstill in June, leaving around 230 Australian cricketers officially unemployed.
"They did not arrive here earlier on two occasions but now as they are coming, it is definitely big thing for us", he added.
The next stage of the process will see the ACA take the details of the MoU to the players, who will take a vote.
It is widely believed that the revenue-sharing model the players wanted retained has been kept.
"Success in this negotiation for the ACA was achieving revenue sharing for all players, gender equity, fair remuneration increases, greater input on scheduling and more grassroots investment". Leading players such as Warner and other internationals have made it clear they will not agree to the new proposals, which will affect players at the bottom of the ladder.
Nicholson said: "The resolve is very strong in the playing group".