As Australia’s cricketers headed into an emergency meeting in Sydney on Sunday, they were told that they will be barred from this summer’s Ashes series should they join unsanctioned or exhibition tournaments.

An email from Cricket Australia high performance chief Pat Howard to players has warned them of the risks they would face should they agree to be open to offers from independent organisers.

Players who are on CA contracts and those without multi-year state deals are unemployed after CA and the Australian Cricketers Association failed to broker a new memorandum of understanding by Friday’s deadline.

Cricket Australia has to craft a Memorandum of Understanding with the players – represented by the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) – every five years. It is, essentially, a contract between the game’s governing body in Australia and its players.

After months of public disagreements, a deadline was imposed for a deal to be reached and it has now passed without resolution. With the previous agreement now formally expired, it means more than 200 players in CA’s employment are out of contract.

“I’m hoping that @CricketAus and @ACA_Players can find a solution in these MOU talks. If ‘A’ tour doesn’t go ahead, gonna need to find a job!” coach Jason Gillespie said on social media.

Australia also has a slated one-day series in India in October, before Ashes the is held at home.