The 12-month Memorandum of Understanding features more games scheduled for female domestic players who continue to be the highest-paid in Australian sport.
The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and Cricket Australia (CA) have agreed to the terms of a 2022-23 MoU.
The one-year agreement follows a request from CA last year to enable a strong focus on delivering an amazing summer of cricket in a COVID-impacted season.
Both CA CEO Nick Hockley and ACA CEO Todd Greenberg said the process of agreeing to a new deal based on the existing MoU demonstrated the strong working relationship between the parties.
“This is an excellent result for Australian cricket and I look forward to working with Todd and the Players’ Association for the next long-term MoU,” said Hockley.
“Despite the impacts of Covid, the MoU has delivered an outcome for players that is beyond expectations.
“We thank all the players for their enormous efforts in such a demanding time. To think that we managed to play every international game and the vast majority of domestic fixtures last season and enjoyed one of the most successful periods in our history is an extraordinary achievement from all involved.”
Revenue Share Model endorsed
Greenberg said the agreement was an endorsement of the Revenue Share Model between Cricket Australia and the players.
“What became clear as we worked through the negotiations was the benefits of the game of this partnership model were recognized,” said Greenberg.
Significantly, the deal maintains the Partnership and Revenue Share Model which has been in place for more than 20 years. Under the agreement, players share 27.5 percent of Australian Cricket Revenue (ACR) plus a 2.5 percent Performance Pool.
“It has served Australian cricket well in responding to the impacts of COVID, where players’ payments and benefits self-adjusted as the games’ revenues fluctuated, avoiding the challenging re-negotiations faced by other sports,” said Greenberg.
Despite the challenges of COVID, CA’s revenues are above the forecast for the current MoU period (2017-2022).
Increased opportunities for female players
The ACA is both focused on increasing playing opportunities for domestic female cricketers.
This has resulted in four extra WNCL rounds, taking the competition to a full home and away fixture of twelve games per team, on top of fourteen WBBL games. This means:
- there are additional WNCL match payments totaling nearly $7,000 per player, and
- the average salary for female domestic players who play both formats is now $86k (exclusive of superannuation, prizemoney, ACRA, and a share of the Adjustment Ledger).
“Our female players are a superb role and as we continue to focus on increasing the participation of women and girls in cricket, full home and away WNCL season is a logical step,” said Hockley.
Greenberg said it was important for cricket to lead Australian sport towards gender equity.
“What we have agreed to for the next twelve months provides our females’ players with more opportunities to play, and better remuneration as a result.”
In recognition of the partnership, the players have agreed to allocate $4 million to Cricket Australia to assist in managing the ongoing impacts of COVID.
“At a time when all sports to negotiate the challenges of the impacts of COVID, the partnership model has delivered a great result for Australian cricket and the players,” said Greenberg.
Hockley said he was grateful to the players for their multi-million contribution to offset biosecurity expenses, which had the organization approximately $40 million.
Features of the 2022-23 MoU between the ACA and the Cricket Australia
- Players continue to receive 27.5 percent of forecast ACR with a Performance Pool of 2.5 percent.
- Players continue 27.5 percent of above forecast revenue into an Adjustment Ledger.
- Players’ retainers and match payments were protected and increased by 1 percent across all playing groups.
- Increase WNCL matches from eight to 12, providing up to $7,000 in additional match fees. This sees domestic female players’ remuneration lead the way in Australian sport.
- The Players’ Grassroots Cricket Fund will continue to support grassroots cricket with an unspent amount of approximately $10 million carried into the next MoU period.
- $3 million grant to the ACA from the Grassroots Cricket Fund to continue the ACA’s Premier Cricket Program and Masters Tours.
- Contribution from the players to biosecurity costs.