Aussies lose T20 but win pay rise

Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 13:04 [IST]
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Aussies get cash despite t20 crash

Melbourne: Despite the shocking early exit from T20 World Cup, top Australian cricketers were given13.1 percent increase in their retainers.

The new salaries won't depend only on how they perform, but on how much any individual is liked and admired by fans and sponsors.

Australians were bundled out of the World Twenty20 after losing to Sri Lanka, a defeat which followed on from a loss against West Indies.

Sri Lanka send Aussies crashing out

Cricket Australia  belatedly released detail of the memorandum of understanding for the next two seasons to international media on Wednesday.

"It is critically important to us that we pay what the game can afford _ and in so doing, that Australian cricket maintains an appropriate balance between its investment in elite cricket and its investment in grassroots cricket," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement. "The new MOU does this. Once again, the agreement is in many ways like a partnership and delivers CA and the ACA an outcome which offers the players more while also increasing Australian cricket's investment in game development."

Under the new agreement, skipper Ricky Ponting and five other players will get a fixed contract, guaranteeing their tiered retainers plus match payments for every Australia match.

So even if they're injured or fail to win selection for a test match, limited-overs international or Twenty20 international, the top six centrally contracted players will get the match payment.


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