Michael Vaughan fears for cricket amid Australian pay dispute

By  PA Sport | London | Posted  17-May-2017

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes the Australian pay dispute hanging over the Ashes could be the first of many to affect the international game.

Cricket Australia are seeking to replace the existing revenue-sharing model with new contracts as part of a wider restructure of remuneration throughout the game - a move that has left senior players unimpressed.

Vice-captain David Warner even went as far as telling that CA "might not have a team for the Ashes". The T20 offers that would exist for Australia's players should they not pen new central deals mean their bargaining power is stronger than ever.

"It's great for England to see Australia falling out and fighting with each other but in terms of the game as a whole it's not a great story," Vaughan said.

"I've never seen it to this level. It's sad for the game when you're hearing this but I don't think it will be the last case of players getting together as groups.

There's so much money coming through TV deals, I think players will say 'we fancy a piece of that'. International boards have got to put their hands in their pockets to save international cricket. In our day international cricket was the sole money-maker for the game but the T20 leagues are catching up," he added.