Players hope to keep fans clear on facts
PLAYERS are confident they maintain the support of an increasingly disillusioned cricketing public, as they yesterday tempered a planned boycott of South Africa with a proposal to save the all- important Ashes.
The game has ëndured months of ugly fighting between Cricket Australia and the players’ association and yesterday an Australia A side led by Usman Khawaja confirmed they are set to abandon a tour of South Africa.
Frustrated players united as one at an extraordinary meeting in Sydney adamant Cricket Australia’s hardball tactics left them no choice but to hit back with their own powerful message and down tools for the A tour.
But the ACA announced the unanimous decision to put the blowtorch back on CA by refusing to play wouldn’t come at the expense of cricket’s greatest showpiece – the Ashes – which they propose can be rescued by sub- contracting player rights back to Cricket Australia if necessary.
A war over the revenue share model threatens to tear the summer pastime apart, and Australian Cricketers Association executive Shane Watson yesterday acknowledged that the fight will be for nothing if the players lose the lifeblood of the game – the fan.
“It’s as simple as understanding we’re not asking for more money,” Watson said.