Mark Taylor slams players' body in Australia pay dispute

Updated: May 15, 2017, 09:57 IST | PA Sport | Melbourne

Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has accused the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) of failing to cooperate in negotiations with the sport's national governing body over an ongoing pay dispute which could result in a players' strike

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has accused the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) of failing to cooperate in negotiations with the sport's national governing body over an ongoing pay dispute which could result in a players' strike.

In March, Cricket Australia (CA) proposed a change to the way cricketers are paid, with salary increases for both men and women replacing the current deal which sees players receive a share of CA's revenue.

However, the offer was turned down by the ACA and talks have been at a stalemate since. The matter appeared to escalate on Friday when CA chief executive James Sutherland wrote to the ACA, saying that if a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) could not be agreed upon before the current one runs out on June 30 then "players with contracts expiring in 2016-17 will not have contracts for 2017-18".

Taylor, who played over 100 Tests for Australia and now sits on the CA board, has admitted his frustration over the situation but claims the ACA have so far not shown willing in negotiations.

"Things haven't been going anywhere for months now," he told Nine Network's Sports Sunday show. "I have had players say to me in January of this year that we could well be on strike by July. This was before this MOU was presented."

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