18 May 2017

Pay dispute could threaten Ashes series

8:08 am on 18 May 2017

Cricket Australia has rejected a players' union demand for mediation in the pay dispute which could derail the Ashes series.

In a letter to the players association Cricket Australia chairman David Peever says it's extraordinary the players' body, wants mediation before negotiations begin on the governing body's latest offer.

Peever, said the players' union request for mediation was unacceptable.

But Cricket Players Association president Greg Dyer says Peever's letter stating statements about negotiations not having begun is poor form and inconsistent with good-faith discussions.

Australian batsman David Warner's massive bat is unlikely to meet the new regulations.

David Warner has suggested the dispute could threaten the Ashes series. Photo: Photosport

Dyer said players had categorically rejected CA's proposal to remove the revenue-sharing model which wages have been based on for the past two decades.

CA chief executive James Sutherland last week warned players they would not be paid past June 30 should the impasse continue.

Players including David Warner have said the pay standoff could impact on this summer's home Ashes series.