Australia vice-captain David Warner has hit back at Cricket Australia (CA) after the board’s chief executive James Sutherland said the players had jeopardised negotiations with their latest proposal as the bitter pay war continues.
Sutherland suggested that CA could seek a third party arbitration if their dispute with the Australian Cricketer’s Association (ACA) is not resolved by next week.
More than 230 Australian cricketers, including Warner and national captain Steve Smith, are currently unemployed after their contracts expired at the end of June.
The players have refused to sign new deals with CA as the board want to cut revenue-sharing from the model to put more money into the sport at grassroots level.
The impasse has already seen an Australia A tour to South Africa being cancelled with a Test tour to Bangladesh in September in serious doubt if an agreement cannot be reached.
Sutherland has proposed that the players sign temporary contracts so they could play the upcoming fixtures but Warner says all the blame is with the board.
Warner said on an Instagram post: “We offered $30 million of our money to grassroots as a peace plan. It was ignored.
“We asked for mediation twice before and it was rejected. Now CA says there is a crisis. The players are unemployed and some are hurting financially but continue to train.
“Administrators all still being paid. How is it our fault no deal is done?”