Bangladesh tour de­pends on MoU: Smith

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Syd­ney, Aus­tralia - Aus­tralian cap­tain Steven Smith has re­it­er­ated that play­ers are un­likely to tour Bangladesh with­out a res­o­lu­tion to the on­go­ing pay dis­pute be­tween Cricket Aus­tralia (CA) and the Aus­tralian Crick­eters' As­so­ci­a­tion (ACA). The tour is sched­uled to be­gin in three weeks, from Au­gust 22.

"I'd like to, but as we've said for a long time we need to get the deal done first," Smith told

Fox Sports, when asked if he ex­pected the Bangladesh se­ries to go ahead.

"I don't think it would be fair for us to go away af­ter the [Aus­tralia] A guys were very strong on not go­ing away on their tour [of South Africa], for us to then go away, I don't think that's fair.

"CA know this, they've been told this. I told [CA's Ex­ec­u­tive GM of Team Per­for­mance] Pat Howard per­son­ally that this was how things were go­ing to be if there wasn't a deal done."

CA and the ACA are in the mid­dle of ne­go­ti­a­tions and are thought to be mov­ing closer to an agree­ment. Con­trary to some re­ports, an agree­ment has not yet been reached.

Smith, how­ever, re­mained hope­ful be­cause he said there had been "some re­ally good progress" in ne­go­ti­a­tions.

He also spoke of the dif­fi­culty he faced in hav­ing to take a stand on be­half of the play­ers while main­tain­ing a healthy re­la­tion­ship with CA man­age­ment, say­ing that he would have pre­ferred for the dis­pute to re­main con­fi­den­tial.

"It's had some dif­fi­cult mo­ments," Smith said.

"When this is all over with, I have to deal with Pat Howard, I have to deal with the (CA) Board and speak to [CA CEO] James Suther­land so I have to be care­ful with what sort of lines I tread. Some guys have been re­ally vo­cal on so­cial me­dia and I think the way for me to lead in this dis­pute is to be able to talk to guys be­hind the scenes that are at the ta­ble and do­ing the job."

Aus­tralia has not toured Bangladesh for Tests since 2006.

Steven Smith

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