Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Lehmann hopes no Ashes boycott, urges solution to pay row

Lehmann hopes no Ashes boycott, urges solution to pay row

"There is incoherence and aggression in what we have experienced at the negotiating table from CA", ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson said in a statement on Sunday".

"Cricket Australia declined to comment further when contacted by Reuters".

So while, on the face of it, the current stand off between Australia's cricketers...

"It sounds like the [Australia] players are standing firm for what they believe in".

"We'll talk about it when we all meet".

"For us we can just concentrate on getting ready for cricket and we've got our guys, some in India, some in England, some here".

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"Most of all, he stressed the importance of the two parties re-opening effective, respectful communication to get a deal done", he added.

“Theyll get a deal done and, once that happens, everyone will be right and well get the game going the way it should be.

Cricket Australia is offering more money for the state-based Sheffield Shield cricketers.

It will be the first time the playing elites will be together as a squad since the fire about the Memorandum of Understanding began to blaze out of control.

"The current successful revenue-sharing model has been presented by the ACA with a number of solutions regarding increases in grassroots cricket, flexibility in investment and sharing of risk, yet CA appears unwilling to talk about our approach", he said.

He said he had his views on the best funding model for the game but was less than enthusiastic to divulge. Players have voiced strong concerns, fearing for the lower tiers and, in the case of opener David Warner, raising the extreme possibility of a strike.

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"No, I wouldn't think so [that there will be a strike]", Lehmann said. "And I would hope not as a fan".

"It's a Catch 22, but I'm sure a balance will be struck - and 99 per cent of the time global cricket will take precedence".

"When we first started the ACA, I was part of that as a player, delegate and a president". Both sides have their side, but just getting together and actually working it out is the way to go, as we know.

Under CA's proposal, only male global players would have the chance to share in any surplus revenue, while other domestic male players and women at both domestic and worldwide level would have to settle for fixed amounts which would not fluctuate according to the game's income.

"It always traditionally stays quite late in the negotiations".

Warner said the players would not be intimidated.

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"A few boys might go over to play the Caribbean Premier League and there could be some of the England Twenty20s on as well".

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