The Australia cricket team are threatening to boycott the Ashes should pay disputes with the nation’s cricket board not be resolved.
According to vice-captain David Warner, the players are unhappy with proposed changes by Cricket Australia to the current revenue-percentage model.
Warner said that players were presenting a united front and were prepared to turn to lucrative T20 tournaments to pay the bills while turning their backs on the national team.
‘If it gets to the extreme, they might not have a team for the Ashes,’ Warner said.
‘I really hope they can come to an agreement. We don’t really want to see this panning out like that where we don’t have a team, we don’t have cricket in the Australian summer. It is up to CA to deal with the ACA. It’s obviously in their hands,’ Warner told The Age newspaper.
‘For us, as cricketers, if we don’t have contracts we are going to have to find some cricket to play somewhere else because that’s what we love doing, and we’re obviously going to look to maybe do something in the meantime, otherwise, we don’t get paid,’ Warner said.
‘A few boys might go over to play the Caribbean Premier League and I think there could be some of the England Twenty20s on as well. We want to keep participating for our country as much as we can, but if we don’t have a job, we have to go and find some cricket elsewhere.’
Warner’s comments come shortly after leading players, such as himself and Mitchell Starc, were offered multi-year contracts by CA in exchange for foregoing IPL participation in future.
‘It was quite laughable when I heard about it,’ Warner said. ‘It is fantastic with the security [of a three-year deal] but you can’t just try and stop people from playing other tournaments. We understand where they are coming from, they would like their best players and contracted players to have that rest.’
‘It is fantastic with the security [of a three-year deal] but you can’t just try and stop people from playing other tournaments. We understand where they are coming from, they would like their best players and contracted players to have that rest.’
A meeting to resolve the dispute between the respective parties’ legal representatives has been proposed for Wednesday.