Tim Paine’s playing career appears to be over with the former Australia captain having no new contract with Tasmania.
Paine, who resigned as Test captain amid a sexting controversy ahead of last summer’s Ashes series, was not included in Tasmania’s list of contract players.
After taking time off from cricket following his resignation as captain, Paine returned to the Tasmanian fold as assistant manager at the end of last season.
But his playing career remained uncertain until the Tigers team exited on Thursday.
Paine is understood to want to remain involved in cricket in a coaching or development role, but his career on the pitch appears to have come to an end after 35 Tests and 147 top-class matches.
Meanwhile, the Women’s National Cricket League will expand to a full season home and away for the first time next summer.
The move came after Cricket Australia and the players’ union signed a new one-year memorandum of understanding.
Part of the changes will see Australia’s premier women’s one-day competition expand from eight to 12 matches, in addition to the WBBL’s 14 matches.
The move will provide additional WNCL match payouts totaling nearly $7,000 per player.
This means that the average salary for national players who play in both formats will increase to around $86,000.
“Our players are superb role models and as we continue to focus on increasing the participation of women and girls in cricket, a full WNCL home and away season is a logical step,” said the CA CEO Nick Hockley.
The new MoU, which is largely based on the previous model, will see players share 27.5% of Australian cricket revenue plus a 2.5% performance pool.
“What became clear during the negotiations was that the benefits to the game of this partnership model were clearly recognised,” said Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Todd Greenberg.
“Significantly, the agreement maintains the partnership and revenue-sharing model that has been in place for over 20 years.”
Australian Associated Press