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Stop this madness! Time to sit down and solve the cricket pay crisis

Kersi Meher-Homji Roar Rookie

By Kersi Meher-Homji, Kersi Meher-Homji is a Roar Rookie

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    It has gone long enough. It’s time for me to speak up and put an end to this stupid war of words and inaction.

    You might say that I don’t know all the facts. There are too many ifs and buts. But I’ll keep it simple.

    I don’t understand politics (thank heavens) or legal terms and finances even less (thank God)! But I know my cricket and no one can deny this.

    Keep it simple. Among all the rigmaroles and show of bravery and selflessness, the underlining fact is: want for money, more money.

    One could understand in the 1970s when cricketers were poorly paid and the World Series Cricket was born. This improved cricketers’ financial position.

    Good on them. They deserved extra dollars as previously they had to hang on to their normal job and had to take leave from their bosses to tour overseas with an Australian cricket team.

    It has all changed now. With the introduction of BBL and IPL, many cricketers are millionaires, some even multimillionaires.

    I do realise that many Sheffield Shield players are still poorly paid. But from where can CA pay them more when an average day attendance for a Shield game is under 200 spectators?

    If the Test cricketers feel sympathy for their poorly paid Shield brothers, why don’t they take a salary cut of up to 25 percent and donate it to their poorer teammates?

    Many consider that the act of Australian A team to boycott the tour of South Africa was an act of selflessness.

    Perhaps it is so to some extent. But mostly it was to put pressure on CA to pay all the cricketers more.

    Is it an act of selflessness? Perhaps yes because it was a chance for them because they forfeited their chance to get selected in the Australian team.

    But mostly it is to put pressure on CA to give every cricketer more.

    To jeopardise your climb to top is partly selflessness but mostly stupidity merging on committing suicide.

    And your country suffers. The Poms will be delighted that they will win the Ashes playing against Australia’s D or G or Y team.

    To lie on a rail track as a train is approaching is not selflessness but suicidal. And who is the winner? Nobody!

    It is time for CA and cricketers union to sit on a table and sort out their differences. It is fault on bad sides. Both have acted so far like pig-headed mules. Come on, grow up. You are not 10-month-old babies who think they get everything by putting up a tantrum.

    To represent your country is the biggest honour in any field. To throw it away to get more money for you and your lesser paid team mates borders on stupidity.

    Now don’t serve me with legal and financial intricacies. To me it is fault and double-fault to use a tennis term.

    I have covered the problems in simple English. Sit down and talk all of you involved, and behave like adults without boring legal jargons.

    To be stubborn is weakness, not strength – CA, ACA and cricketers.

    Kersi Meher-Homji
    Kersi Meher-Homji

    Kersi is an author of 13 cricket books including The Waugh Twins, Cricket's Great All-rounders,Six Appeal and Nervous Nineties. He writes regularly for Inside Cricket and other publications. He has recently finished his new book on Cricket's Conflicts and Controversies, with a foreword by Greg Chappell.

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    • Roar Rookie

      July 9th 2017 @ 6:17am
      savage said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:17am | ! Report

      this is all about ego,nothing more

      • Roar Guru

        July 11th 2017 @ 12:56pm
        Cadfael said | July 11th 2017 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

        Whose ego? CA or the ACA.

    • July 9th 2017 @ 6:31am
      Handles said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:31am | ! Report

      Hook, line and sinker. CA has got you right where they want you. Reduce the whole argument down to over-paid selfish cricketers seeking more, and the answer is simple.

      • Roar Rookie

        July 9th 2017 @ 9:24pm
        Leon Dimitresku said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:24pm | ! Report

        Player’s managers should be marched out by the scruff of their Armani necks!

    • July 9th 2017 @ 7:35am
      twodogs said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:35am | ! Report

      Good rant Kersi.?
      With a reported near doubling of CA staff over the past 5 years, one could see partly the reason for CAs desperate attempt to claw back outgoings to maintain its empire. As is at my workplace, the management seem to believe they are definitely more valuable and important than the people making the product.
      While neither can survive without the other, the management certainly cannot make the product. Hence CA can quite easily collapse in this instance and should tread very carefully. Of course the guys want more money. We all do. But there is something a little deeper happening there – the management want more for doing less.

    • Roar Guru

      July 9th 2017 @ 8:14am
      Rellum said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:14am | ! Report

      How can you claim to be not understanding the financial and legal details, then the claim with such confidence that it is all about the players demanding more money?

    • July 9th 2017 @ 8:43am
      Simon said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:43am | ! Report

      This is what Cricket Australia want fans to do, not look into the details and let them go on running the game like a mining company.

      The fact is, if Sheffield Shield players are not paid a reasonably decent wage then almost all young talent will be forced to mold themselves into T20 franchise players as the money on offer becomes too hard to resist. The Travis Deans and Chadd Sayers of the world disappear, as do the Matt Renshaw and Josh Hazlewoods. The Australian test team then starts to decline and with that Australian cricket in general, and eventually cricket as we know it. And don’t try and tell me test cricket is dead, I can’t even get a ticket to the Ashes in 6 months.

      How ridiculous is it that is has to be the players who are trying to look after the future of the game rather than the people we actually employ to do so? Cricket Australia has by far and away enough money to keep our Sheffield Sheild strong and stack a heap of money into grassroots but the board is dominated by businessman who are only guided by current profits that look good on their resume and do not care one bit about the future of our game

    • Roar Guru

      July 9th 2017 @ 9:23am
      The Bush said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      Kersi, you do realise that the elite players are actually willing to take less and in fact it is CA trying to didvide them by offering the top players more.

      • July 9th 2017 @ 9:50am
        Christo the Daddyo said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

        No they’re not. They’re demanding CA pay the non-elite players more, but not from the elite players’ cut.

        • Roar Guru

          July 9th 2017 @ 10:31am
          Rellum said | July 9th 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

          Wrong, CA offered individual contracts to the top players that were bigger than what they currently get from CA. That is what Bush is referring too.

          And right, they are asking for domestic and Women’s players to get more money in the revenue share model.

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