Cricket Australia chairman David Peever Thursday went on the attack over suggestions he is running an “extreme” industrial relations agenda, slamming the players’ union for “reckless” tactics in a damaging pay dispute.
Peever claimed the Australian Cricketers’ Association was threatening to drive away commercial sponsors, damage the prospects of broadcast partners and lock up player intellectual property rights into its own business ventures.
Writing an opinion piece in The Australian newspaper, he said that CA’s board had been insulted and disrespected in the ugly spat between the governing body and players.
“CA has put what in any normal circumstances would be regarded as a very generous offer,” Peever said.
“The ACA has responded by not only rejecting that proposal (and recent concessions) out of hand, but by launching a campaign of such sustained ferocity that anyone could be forgiven for thinking CA was proposing the reintroduction of slavery rather than healthy pay rises.
“Not content with that level of overreaction, the ACA has gone much further.
“Refusing to allow players to tour, threatening to drive away commercial sponsors and damage the prospects of broadcast partners, lock up player IP (intellectual property) into its own business ventures and even stage its own games.
“It’s a reckless strategy that can only damage the game and therefore the interests of the ACA’s own members.”
Peever is among CA officials pushing to scrap the revenue-sharing model that has shaped the salaries of players since their first Memorandum of Understanding was brokered 20 years ago.