Aus players to be paid according to performance

Cricket Australia is all set to implement the Argus review’s central and most contentious recommendations, which says that a player’s pay must be weighted towards team and individual performance.

The decision may lead to an unrest between the players and the management as it plans to move away from a fixed player payment pool.

Currently, the players get 26 percent of revenue and the central contracts are paid from that, but the CA wants the percentage to be on a sliding scale, in which the players would be rewarded when the team excels and punished when the team fails.

The policy of allocating 25 lucrative central contracts per year is certain to be amended and it would probably be reduced to 20.

CA chief executive James Sutherland is keen to introduce a policy based on paying ‘the right money to the right players at the right time for the right performance’.

“It’s something everyone is familiar with: you get paid more if you perform better. On the flip side of that, if you don’t perform well, then why should you get paid the same amo­unt?” asked Sutherland.

“Our players get paid the same amount, whether we win 4-0 against India or we lose 0-4. Does that make sense? I don’t think it really does,” he added. The CA chief wants ‘a smaller group that they (selectors) have greater confidence in’.

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