Portrait of ACT Meteors player Erin Osborne Photo: Rohan ThomsonACT Meteors all-rounder Erin Osborne maintains elite cricketers are still committed to a revenue sharing model for all players that has propped up previous contracts.
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Osborne says Cricket Australia made some “really good improvements” in the offer tabled on Tuesday, but there remains plenty of room for negotiation with the Australian Cricketers Association.

Cricket Australia’s offer would see the average salary for a Southern Stars player shoot from $79,000 to $179,000, with the average for domestic female players to increase from $22,000 to $52,000.

The move has been hailed as a landmark moment for women’s sport, but the ACA ultimately see it as a slap in the face with only men’s players offered revenue share.

It is understood Cricket Australia would fund the proposal if it was signed off on, easing the financial burden on state associations like Cricket ACT.

Osborne says while Cricket Australia’s proposal is a big step forward, the revenue sharing model is something the players won’t go without.

The ACA have been conducting regular state visits to keep players in the loop about negotiations.

The offer remains a big step for cricket, which seems to have been a step ahead of rival codes for some time on the women’s front.

The Women’s National Cricket League began in 1996, and the Women’s Big Bash League catapulted the game into the spotlight during the inaugural 2015-16 season.

“I think it’s a fantastic time to be growing up in Australia if you’re a young girl who wants to play sport,” Osborne said.

“It’s really pleasing to see and it’s nice to know that the current players are trying to look after the game and leave it in a better position than what we found it.

“I think that’s really important to note, that the playing group really believes in the revenue model and giving back to the grassroots cricket, and ensuring that the future of cricket in Australia is well looked after.”

The day all elite women’s cricketers become professional is drawing closer and Osborne has lauded Cricket Australia for “taking the initiative” and identifying “room for growth”.

“It’s fantastic what they’re doing, and I know I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve received as a player,” Osborne said.

“Being able to play cricket professionally, full-time, I didn’t expect that to happen in my career. I always hoped it would and believed that would happen in the future but it’s wonderful for it to be happening now.”

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