Tim May, one of the architects of the first collective bargaining agreement between Cricket Australia and Australia's cricketers, has challenged the board to provide better justification for its desire to end the fixed revenue percentage model that has remained in place over the past 20 years.
In an exclusive ESPNcricinfo column, May took issue with CA's contention that the model had "done its job" of ensuring international male players were the best paid in the country while domestic players are paid competitively relative to other sports.
He did so while noting that every major sport in the United States - where May has been based for more than a decade - makes use of revenue sharing models, invariably offering the players a far higher percentage of revenue than the figure of around 26% Australia's cricketers have been entitled to since that first deal was struck with the Australian Cricketers Association in 1998. May wondered why CA wished to break it up at a time when domestic players were about to provide a greater share of the game's revenue - via the Big Bash League- than ever before.
"For the past two decades CA and ACA have built a culture of players and administrators working together to grow the game and share in its success - but now with this success moving to a new level, one party no longer wants to play ball," May wrote. "The stakes here are high. CA's position threatens to set back by decades the relationship between players and administrators.
"To change the system so radically, it needs to provide a valid and compelling argument. The onus is on the board, not the players. CA needs to explain why, for 20 years, the revenue-sharing model has worked so successfully and yet now it suddenly can't work. It's a tough one for it because, as far as I can see, there really isn't a valid argument."
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