Watson, also a part of the ACA executive, won Australia's T20 cricketer of the year award at the Allan Border Medal    Getty Images
Watson, also a part of the ACA executive, won Australia’s T20 cricketer of the year award at the Allan Border Medal Getty Images

The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) has called for greater transparency from Cricket Australia (CA) on its financial matters, a report in ESPNCricinfo stated. The ACA has apparently passed a proposal seeking CA s administrative costs, as it continues to demand full disclosure of the game’s finances ahead of the next round of MOU meetings between the two bodies, scheduled for next week. The ACA executive body, which includes cricketers Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, Neil Maxwell, Lisa Sthalekar, Shane Watson and Janet Torney, met in Sydney on Monday ahead of the Allan Border Medal ceremony and held due deliberations on the matter.

The report stated that negotiations for the next MOU had broken down in December last year with the two parties not reaching to any mutual agreement. Even though the informal talks have resumed, the players remain convinced that the board has not been transparent in its financial affairs. Suggestions of “a ceiling on Cricket Australia’s administrative costs to create space for greater grassroots investment as future revenues grow” were included in the ACA’s original submission to the pay talks. The ACA president Greg Dyer maintained that the players needed greater access to CA’s financial records than has presently been offered if talks are to progress.

“The executive of the ACA are adamant that there must be greater financial disclosure from Cricket Australia if the talks are to meaningfully progress,” Dyer said in a statement. “Many players ask the very fair question: how does the game spend the revenue the players generate for it?

“Players receive less than 20% of total revenue, and only 12% currently goes into grassroots investment. The players would like to see a greater investment in grassroots cricket, a better deal for female cricketers, and an ongoing share of BBL and WBBL revenue they generate.

“We want the negotiations to be fully informed as due diligence demands. These are very fair questions and a very reasonable position for the players to take. Players regard themselves as genuine partners in the game. This is the strength of the current model – a partnership model which has grown the game and a partnership the players value and will fight for.”

Both the parties, though, remain hopeful of breaking the MOU deadlock in the next MOU meeting.