Aussie cricket in tur­moil

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

MEL­BOURNE. - A bit­ter pay dis­pute be­tween Aus­tralia’s crick­eters and the na­tional board ap­pears set to re­main un­re­solved by to­day’s dead­line, leav­ing more than 200 play­ers un­em­ployed and up­com­ing se­ries against Bangladesh and Eng­land in jeop­ardy.

Eleventh hour talks have failed to pro­duce a break­through this week and re­la­tions have soured to the point that the play­ers’ union is re­fus­ing to deal with Cricket Aus­tralia’s (CA) lead ne­go­tia­tor.

The Aus­tralian Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ACA) has de­manded CA’s long-serv­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive James Suther­land step up to the deal­ing ta­ble and help end a stand­off that could ul­ti­mately trig­ger a dam­ag­ing round of player boy­cotts.

The ex­ist­ing pay deal, known as the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU), will ex­pire at mid­night to­day, two days be­fore play­ers se­lected for an Aus­tralia A tour of South Africa are to re­port for a train­ing camp in Brisbane.

CA has re­mained silent on Suther­land’s in­ten­tions but high per­for­mance boss Pat Howard has made the board’s po­si­tion clear.

Howard warned play­ers in an email on Wed­nes­day not to sign with other spon­sors or play in “dis­ap­proved” cricket in case it put them “at risk” of a po­ten­tial, fu­ture CA con­tract. - Reuters.

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