Steve Smith said that the Australian players will not travel to Bangladesh this month for two Tests until the pay dispute between them and Cricket Australia (CA) is resolved.
The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and CA failed to resolve the pay dispute, which left around 230 players effectively unemployed after the previous contract expired in June.
Earlier, the Australia A team pulled out of a South Africa tour in July after a Memorandum of Understanding was reached and Smith says the senior team will also boycott the Bangladesh tour, scheduled to start on August 27.
“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.
“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, 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 General Manager Team Performance) Pat Howard personally that this was how things were going to be if there wasn’t a deal done.”
According to local media reports, CA is on the verge of cracking an agreement with the players’ union.