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Australian cricketers had rejected Cricket Australia‘s (CA) pay offer in April 2017. As a result, the governing body stated that they will propose a new five-year deal by June 30. On the other hand, Australian Cricket Association (ASA) had declared CA’s proposal as ‘a win for cricket administrators but a loss for cricket’. They had also said that it was disrespectful to domestic players. However, former Australia cricketer Adam Gilchrist said that the pay offer is ‘very, very fair’. He said that he is confident that the dispute between players and the board will be resolved.

“I think Cricket Australia are offering a very, very fair deal for players,” Gilchrist told Fox Sports. “No one’s going to go without and everyone’s growing and increasing, but I do see it from a player’s point of view as well, of sticking together. I do hope that they’re thinking of the cricketer at the most important level, and that is the kid signing on for his first year. Because grassroots cricket is under siege from other sports, like the various footy codes.”

Gilchrist also believes that the current players are more confident of their demands. “That’s swagger, that’s knowing, as players have alluded to, you can go to the IPL, you can go to the Caribbean league, to the English tournament [there are] Twenty20 tournaments everywhere. So it’s a different dynamic now from what it was 20 years ago. There will be an end to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve been meeting in the last few days the players’ association and the board. I think both sides are going to have to compromise. Having spoken to people in both parties, I think they’re both starting to say that and understand that.”