Key Australian players threaten to strike, boycott England ODI series

Australian key players are threatening to strike only a month before their ODI series in England if a agreement isn’t inked by the end of the month. Cricket Australia is playing hardball in discussions and has frozen all state and Big Bash agreement discussions under the threat of a 50,000 dollars fine until the new contract is in place.

 Aussie Cricketers Association head Paul Marsh revealed that there were contingency options should the 2 parties fail to recognize before July 1. The cricketers are said to have examined a boycott of next month’s one-day tour of England or the T20 world championships. Connections between cricketers and management are heated and threatening to become as awful as the stand-off surrounding the first player agreement talks during Mark Taylor’s captaincy, Fox Sports reports.

Cricketers and state administrators have both raised the chance of a tour boycott, as problems rise over a situation in which cricketers are uncertain which state they’ll be training with in 4 weeks time and how much they’ll be paid. Marsh said the cricketers were preparing for the chance of an industrial stand-off if there’s no agreement in place before the present one ends.

“There is only 29 days of discussions left to run, so of course we’re planning for the eventuality of not having a deal in place before the end of July. We’re looking at all of our different choices,” he said.

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