Why players aren’t stalling the pay deal

Jarrod Sierocki

CA chief executive James Sutherland says independent arbitration is the next step in working out a pay deal.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland fronts the media in Melbourne regarding pay deal talks. Picture: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.

Former Test batsman Callum Ferguson has dismissed Cricket Australia’s suggestions the players’ union is pursuing stalling tactics as its protracted pay war takes an industrial twist.

CA boss James Sutherland has called for an ‘independent umpire’ to intervene if a ninth-month pay dispute with the Australian Cricketers’ Association isn’t resolved within days.

Sutherland inferred that the players’ union was treading water in pay negotiations as a tactic with next month’s Test tour of Bangladesh, October’s one-series in India and the Ashes looming.

“I find that really strange, talk about the playing group trying to stall,” Ferguson told The Advertiser.

Having stayed out of bitter pay negotiations until this month, Sut…

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