Cricket South Africa and the South African Cricketers’ Association have signed the MOU18, the agreement which covers benefits and conditions of employment for all professional cricketers in South Africa over the next four-year period, CSA has stated in a Press release.
“From our side, I would like to emphasize that we remain committed to a revenue share model,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “I am also delighted that we have extended the agreement to cover all professional players in South Africa, including senior provincial players and all our women professionals. There are now 317 players covered by this agreement.”
“This document includes for the first time a recognition agreement between ourselves and CSA and also serves the commercial rights necessary for CSA’s commercial partners,” commented SACA Chief Executive Tony Irish. “The agreement is particularly important in the context of where the game is going at international level. We have put the mechanisms and arrangements in place to retain our best players for the Proteas over the next four years.”
The MOU involves three separate comprehensive agreements being the Main Agreement, regulating player contract and related issues, a Commercial Rights Agreement, regulating the use of player commercial rights, and a Recognition Agreement, regulating the ongoing relationship between CSA and SACA.
Conflict prevailed between Cricket South Africa and the players’ association as the national cricket board in April had made the contents of the MoU public without getting a nod from the cricketers’ body.
The players were also upset over the delay in finalising the MoU and rolling out the contracts.
Tensions between officials and players have been apparent since December when CSA acting chief executive Thabang Moroe said he did not see any need to consult SACA on possible changes to domestic competitions because he regarded SACA as a trade union and not a partner in the game.