Cricket Australia pay dispute could be over in hours

The fight has dragged on for nine months, but the civil war in Australian cricket could be over with reports the pay dispute will be sorted today.

It’s understood Cricket Australia and the Players Association are on the cusp of signing an agreement, after agreeing in principle to key terms during the marathon talks.

Pen will need to be put to paper before the 18th of August, or else the Australian cricket team will refuse to depart for a two-test series in Bangladesh.


Australian captain Steve Smith and his teammates reaffirmed last week they will not tour without some form of an agreement in place.

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland indicated last week he wants to send the dispute to arbitration if there is no deal in place early this week.

But the Players Association is yet to formally indicate whether it would agree to arbitration, having made repeated calls for independent mediation this year.

The spat over cash has strained the relationship between administrators and the players, and it is expected to take time for trust to be restored between both parties.

Players took the unprecedented step of boycotting Australia A’s tour of South Africa because of the stand-off that has infuriated coaches, selectors, fans and sponsors.