Australia 'A' players call off South Africa tour over pay dispute impasse

AFP, Jul, 06 2017
Australia 'A' players call off South Africa tour over pay dispute impasse

Sydney: The Australian Cricketers' Association said on Thursday that players would boycott July's Australia 'A' tour to South Africa over a pay dispute.

The union said players were not obliged and were unavailable to tour South Africa for the Australia 'A' team without an agreed pay deal or new Memorandum of Understanding, after their existing contracts with Cricket Australia expired on 30 June following months of bitter wrangling.

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"It is with great frustration that with no progress towards resolving the current dispute, Australia 'A' players confirm they will not tour South Africa," ACA said in a statement.

"This decision is made in support of more than 200 male and female players who are now unemployed."

The players, selected for the Australia 'A' tour starting on 12 July, had been training this week hoping for an end to the impasse before their scheduled departure on Friday.

"By making this call, the Australia 'A' players have sacrificed their own ambitions for the collective — an incredibly selfless act that shows their strength and overall commitment to the group," the ACA said.

The pay row also threatens to derail upcoming Australia tours to Bangladesh and India as well as this year's prestige home Ashes series against England.

CA and the players' union hit an impasse after the board attempted to scrap a 20-year-old arrangement giving cricketers a fixed share of revenues, in favour of dividing surpluses among elite players and offering a pay rise.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has urged the parties to extend the old deal for 12 months to allow for more negotiations in a bid to break the damaging standoff.

Published Date: Jul 06, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 06, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115