Sydney, July 1: The Australia Cricketers’ Association (ACA) executive meeting happens on Sunday to decide if the players will boycott Australia A tour to South Africa after a new pay deal with Cricket Australia (CA) failed.
Both parties failed to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding before the Friday’s deadline, leaving the players unemployed and threatening future fixtures including the Ashes later this year.
The players’ union will be meeting in Sydney on Sunday to discuss a more detailed response to the pay-dispute standoff.
There will be also be discussion on the Australia A’s tour to South Africa, scheduled for July 8. The employment rights will also be discussed, which has left more than 200 players unemployed.
ACA chief Alistair Nicholson said the association had planned for measures in case of the deal with the board failed.
Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood says the breakdown of negotiations has left a bitter taste in the mouth and waking up effectively unemployed on Saturday was “a different feel”.
“To be contracted for the best part of 10 years, nearly for me, it’s going to be a different stage and we’ll see how it pans out,” Hazlewood told Fairfax Media.
The fixtures that are at risk include Australia’s Test tour to Bangladesh from August, the one-day international series in India in September and the home Ashes series against England later this year.
CA and the players’ union have hit an impasse after the board attempted to scrap the 20-year-old arrangement of giving players a fixed share of revenues, in favour of dividing surpluses amongst elite players and offering a pay rise.
(With Agency inputs)