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No rush, no concerns with pay talks: CA

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Laine Clark

Cricket Australia (CA) boss James Sutherland says he is not concerned a player pay dispute will result in a strike.

CA and players union the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) are in a standoff after both had made formal submissions over a new pay deal.

The ACA wants to keep the current system, in which the players' pay pool is devised by a percentage of CA revenue, as has been the case since 1997.

Asked if he was concerned that players would strike if talks turned ugly, Sutherland said: "I'm not concerned.

"These sorts of negotiations come around every four years or whatever the cycle is.

"They're things that need to be worked through; they need to be worked through behind closed doors and in an appropriate fashion.

"I don't think it's our role to be giving a ball-by-ball commentary on it."

CA and the ACA have debated the merits of the system in the past, largely in private, and had either reached agreement before their deadline or extended their memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a short-term basis.

The parties have completed the second of two scheduled days of talks in Melbourne over a new five-year MOU.

The Cricket Australia CEO could not give a deadline on when the pay dispute would be settled.

"It'll conclude when it concludes," he said.

"But what I do know is that there's a lot to talk about and there's some very important issues, some of those issues are complex and, every time an agreement like this comes along, it is an opportunity to put together a better agreement for all parties.

"And I know that's what we're interested in and I know that's what the ACA is interested in."

ACA boss Alistair Nicholson said they would brief players on the latest CA submissions but described their talks as "ongoing".

"Today, we were able to clarify that the ACA and CA have a lot of detail to work through with differences in a number of areas," he said in a statement.

"With the position that CA have taken in responding to our submission, we will now re-engage with the players and the ACA executive to gain their feedback on CA's response.

"The players are emphatic that they are partners in the game and will continue to push for one agreement for all cricketers - men and women, national and state".

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