Clarke feared things would not be the same between the governing body and the players if and when the disagreement was finally resolved. "I think it's been horrible for the game, to be honest," Clarke said told commercial broadcaster Channel Nine.
Michael Clarke has urged the ACA to engage in arbitration if agreement on a new MOU is not struck this week https://t.co/hpXtqckSOD pic.twitter.com/ckKBkkmNNdJuly 30, 2017
I also said I believe the Players (ACA) will win if it does go to arbitration. https://t.co/0M5gnB3Yyr — Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) July 30, 2017"There is no doubt what has happened will affect the relationship even more than it already was affected between players and Cricket Australia.
The players were paid from gross revenue for the past two decades, but CA now wants payments to come from a set pool, with players to share only in surplus revenue. Clarke said he could understand the arguments of both parties but added: "Whatever has been going on, it should have been done in private."
Michael Clarke says Steve Smith could be more vocal in cricket's pay disputehttps://t.co/Wsx6B0RGGz— Brisbane Times (@brisbanetimes) July 30, 2017
A very passionate response from @MClarke23 on just getting back to playing cricket. #9SportsSunday pic.twitter.com/Etp05L7b1l — Sports Sunday (@SportsSunday) July 30, 2017The Test squad is due to go into camp on August 11 ahead of a Test tour of Bangladesh, which is in danger of being scrapped following the boycott of Australia A's tour to South Africa earlier this month. The long-running dispute also threatens Australia's one-day tour to India in September and October ahead of the showpiece home Ashes series, beginning in November.
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