Tim Paine’s playing career appears over with the former Australian captain not given a fresh contract with Tasmania. Paine, who stepped down as Test captain in a text message scandal before last summer’s Ashes series, has not been included in Tasmania’s contracted-player list.
After taking time away from cricket following his captaincy resignation, Paine returned to the Tasmanian fold as an assistant coach late last season. But his playing career remained uncertain until the release of the Tigers squad on Thursday.
Paine is understood to be keen to remain involved in cricket in a coaching or development role, but his on-field career appears to have ended after 35 Tests and 147 first-class matches.
Meanwhile, the Women’s National Cricket League will expand to a full home-and-away season for the first time next summer. The move came after Cricket Australia and the players’ union signed off on a new one-year Memorandum of Understanding.
Part of the changes will see Australia’s premier one-day women’s competition expanded from eight to 12 matches, on top of 14 WBBL games. The move will provide additional WNCL match payments totalling nearly $7,000 per player.
That means the average salary for female domestic players who play both formats will rise to about $86,000.
“Our female players are superb role models and as we continue to focus on increasing the participation of women and girls in cricket, a full home-and-away WNCL season is a logical step,” CA chief executive Nick Hockley said.
The new MoU, which is largely based on the previous model, will see players share in 27.5% of Australian cricket revenue plus a 2.5% performance pool.
“What became clear as we worked through the negotiations was that the benefits to the game of this partnership model were clearly recognised,” Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Todd Greenberg said.
“Significantly, the deal maintains the partnership and revenue share model which has been in place for more than 20 years.”