It will be decided on Sunday whether Australia A players will boycott the South Africa tour, as the Australian Cricketers’ Association executive will meet on July 2 to discuss in detail about the failure regarding players’ new pay deal with Cricket Australia.
Australian players are left unemployed and the Ashes series is in danger as CA and the players’ union both came to a conclusion that they had failed to reach an agreement on a new Memorandum of Understanding.
The ACA marked this as the worst split in Australian Cricket since Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket revolution during 1970s. Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood said the breakdown in pay negotiations has affected the players, adding “we are, obviously, willing to do what we need to.”
The players’ union said they will discuss the contract in more depth, the focus mainly will be there on some issues like the availability of players for the Australia A tour to South Africa scheduled to begin on July 8, and the employment rights for more than 200 players now out of contract and unemployed as of Saturday.
According to the chief executive of ACA, Alistair Nicholson, the union were planning that no deal would be reached and had put in place a number of measures to deal with the associated contingencies.
Among them have been the establishment of a players’ support fund which focuses on lending direct financial help to those out-of-contract men and women. Nicholson also said the availability of players for the upcoming South Africa tour would be another main issue to discuss.
Hazlewood said 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.
After players’ rift with CA, many fixtures are at risk to be called off which includes Australia’s Test tour to Bangladesh in August, followed by the one-day international series in India in September and the home Ashes series against England later this year.
After the missed deadline, players having multi-year contracts which extends beyond June 30 will be paid, and will continue to play. Ahead of the South Africa tour, players have their training in Brisbane and the first match is scheduled for July 12.