Australian players will boycott an ‘A’ team tour of South Africa later this month until a pay deal is reached with Cricket Australia (CA), the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) said on Sunday after a meeting in Sydney.
In the emergency meeting, it was decided that the players selected for the Australia ‘A’ tour of South Africa would assemble in Brisbane on Monday, but will only travel if a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is not reached between the two parties.
The previous agreement between CA and the players was till Friday, which left more than 200 cricketers unemployed and leaving the future fixtures undecided.
“They don’t intend to tour but the reality is they don’t fly out of the country until Friday,” ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson was quoted as saying after the meeting.
“So the players are going to go into camp as planned and hopefully we can make some progress with regards to the MOU. There would need to be a significant breakthrough on the key issue of the revenue sharing model,” he added.
According to CA, the revenue-share model deprives funding to grass-roots cricket.
(With Agency inputs)