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Cricket: Solidarity expressed for Australian cricketers

Rain beat the Australia and New Zealand cricketers overnight at Birmingham in their Champions Trophy match, but no such sense of defeat pervaded the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations executive meeting in London.

In a set of written "outcomes", FICA expressed solidarity for Australia's top players as their dispute with Cricket Australia festers ahead of a June 30 deadline.

The meeting "commended the Australian Cricketers' Association and Australian international and domestic players, men and women, for remaining united during attempts to divide them".

The situation provides a significant watching brief for stakeholders in New Zealand cricket. Players' Association boss Heath Mills was at the FICA meeting.

This country's professionals will renegotiate with New Zealand Cricket in the coming year.

Their current deal runs until July 2018.

The ACA want a five-year pay deal where they share a fixed percentage of up to 26 percent of CA's revenue. CA want that adjusted because they believe it starves the grassroots of the game. The ACA claims they are open to discussion as to what revenue streams are included in the deal.

An industrial relations spat looms which could threaten Australia's home Ashes series and tours of South Africa, Bangladesh and India.

Alistair Nicholson, the ACA boss, spoke to the FICA executive.



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