Cricket pay deal ignites heated debate between stars
THE passion behind cricket's ugly pay war has manifested itself in a heated radio exchange between Michael Slater and Ed Cowan.
Slater slammed player claims that their fight is more about principle than money, while Cowan hit back and hinted that the former Test star's high profile commentary position at Channel Nine might be influencing his opinion on the issue.
The pair signed off the interview on Sky Sports Radio's Big Sports Breakfast on good terms, and it was nothing but robust debate between two informed individuals, however, the fierce argy bargy illustrated the damaging rift that is opening up in the game the longer this saga drags on.
Cowan articulated the Australian Cricketers Association's stance that the revenue share model gives them a seat at the table in the game's future, and by going back to being mere employees would have dire consequences for future players.
Slater said in his opinion the fight was still "all about money", despite players' claims to the contrary.
"What is this partnership rubbish?" Slater quipped, kick-starting a terse back-and-forth.
"What does that mean?
"You're telling me this whole fight is not over money?"
Cowan took exception to Slater's approach.
"Otherwise it's not a fair conversation.
Slater, countered that claim and stated his opinion has "absolutely nothing to do with me being at Channel Nine".
"I'm an ex-cricketer who got paid to play the game and I never walked out there thinking about whether I was a partner," Slater said.
"Because I felt like I was a partner and it didn't matter how my pay was paid.
"It has zero to do with my employment."
The heated interview ended on good terms.
"There's nothing wrong with genuine and heartfelt debate," he added, laughing that Slater's poster is still up on his wall at home.