“It’s important that the facts are known because they paint a very different picture to that suggested,” Nicholson said.
“Most think that the players are getting a bigger and bigger slice of the cricket pie. This is wrong. The opposite is actually true.
“And this is despite the fact that it is the players who have helped grow the game to make it what it is."
The facts are these:
“For the last twenty years, Cricket Australia and the players have worked together as genuine partners in the growth of the game, and the game in Australia has never been stronger,” Nicholson said
“To suggest that players try harder or perform better due to the size of their contracts is not only wrong, but doesn’t respect the work that the players put in.”
“In reality, the players know more than anyone that they need to continue to fight to be the best in world cricket, and every time they pull on the Australian cap, they do so with immense pride and respect.”
Nicholson also added the importance of the upcoming MOU discussions and the role that the players have in continuing to grow the game.
“The players have outlined their priorities including ongoing investment in grassroots cricket and a greater say on scheduling.
“This, along with including all cricketers, male and female in the one MOU, provides cricket with a fantastic opportunity to grow in the right way.”