David Warner criticises Cricket Australia's handling of pay dispute, says the Baggy means the world to him
Australia vice-captain David Warner has criticised the handling of the contract dispute after Cricket Australia endangered their participation in the Ashes and other tours.
Australia vice-captain David Warner took a jibe at Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday with the long-running pay dispute between the cricketers and the board yet to come to a conclusion, endangering Ashes and other preceding tours.
Unhappy with the latest developments, the 30-year-old questioned the authorities in an Instagram post where he asked, "How is it our fault no deal is done?" The post accompanied a picture of him in full Test garb, including the baggy green cap.
"This baggy green means the world to me. Myself and all the other players female and male want to get out there and play. We offered $30m of our money to grassroots as a peace plan. It was ignored.
We asked for mediation twice before and it was rejected. Now, CA says there is a crisis. The players are unemployed and some are hurting financially but continue to train. Administrators all still being paid," he wrote.
This Baggy means the world to me. Myself and all the other cricketers female and male want to get out there and play. We offered $30m of our money to grassroots as a peace plan. It was ignored. We asked for mediation twice before and it was rejected. Now CA says there is a crisis. The players are unemployed and some are hurting financially but continue to train. Administrators all still being paid. How is it our fault no deal is done. #fairshare
The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) had earlier said that Cricket Australia had lost the players with its hard line approach.
“The ACA has long been calling for a resolution to the MOU negotiation. And Australia’s male and female cricketers want to play the game they love for the fans, for their clubs, states and their country," the organisation was quoted as stating by The Austrailian.
In the latest update, chief executive James Sutherland stated that Cricket Australia has proposed taking the dispute with the nation's elite players to arbitration if there is no resolution by early next week.
The Australia 'A' team had barred the tour to South Africa where they were slated to play a tri-series against the South Africa 'A' and India 'A'. Moreover, the proposed tour of Bangladesh and the ODI series against India still hangs in the balance due to the delay.
"I honestly believe that I'm the best person to take this team forward, but if that decision is taken out of my hands, so be it. But I do have the appetite to carry on," said Root.
"I wanted about three and a half runs an over. The wicket was still not playing too many tricks and I thought if they batted really well 350 was pretty achievable out there," Cummins told reporters.
Root praised his battered team's character to stave off Australia's victory push and hold on for a gritty draw in Sydney on Sunday as injured wicketkeeper Jos Buttler prepared to fly home.