Cricket Australia pay dispute: Bangladesh board happy to host Steve Smith and Co following end of impasse

Dhaka: Bangladesh breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday as Australia ended its protracted pay dispute with their cricket board, ensuring Steve Smith's side can visit later this month for a long-awaited tour.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer (CEO) James Sutherland in this file photo. Reuters

File image of Cricket Australia's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) James Sutherland. Reuters

Australia were due to arrive in Dhaka on 18 August for their first Test series in Bangladesh since 2006 but a row between players and management had cast doubt over the tour.

But the bruising dispute was resolved on Thursday as players and management agreed to a new "in-principle" deal, ensuring upcoming series against Bangladesh, India and England can go ahead.

"It's great news for Bangladesh. Definitely we are very happy to see the problem has resolved," Bangladesh Cricket Board head Nizamuddin Chowdhury told AFP.

"Their next commitment is in Bangladesh. Now after the dispute is resolved, we can look forward to hosting them."

The bad-tempered stand-off had been rumbling for months, rattling the game and badly straining the players' relationship with the sport's governing body.

Some 230 cricketers had been unemployed since the end of June when their contracts expired, putting this month's Test tour to Bangladesh under serious threat.

Bangladeshi authorities grew increasingly anxious as the spat dragged on, especially when a home series against Pakistan slated for July-August was cancelled.

Australia was scheduled to play two Tests in Bangladesh in late 2015 but the tour was cancelled after a wave of attacks by Islamist extremists in the country.

Bangladesh's first Test against Australia will be held at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from 27 August. The second starts in Chittagong on 4 September.

Published Date: Aug 03, 2017 19:38 PM | Updated Date: Aug 03, 2017 19:38 PM

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