Australia’s South Africa A tour is at risk of cancellation after Cricket Australia and the players’ union failed to reach a new pay-deal agreement.
The deadline for players to strike a new pay deal with Cricket Australia passed on Friday, and as a result, 230 cricketers are officially unemployed.
According to the Herald Sun, ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson has set up an emergency meeting for Sunday, where a decision on the players’ next move is to be outlined and discussed.
This has put the upcoming Australia A tour to South Africa under threat, as 11 players who have multi-year state deals have been selected. If players refuse to play, this would be cricket’s first ever player strike.
Star players who are currently overseas, such as Test captain Steve Smith, are expected to be part of the meeting at the Hilton Hotel.
‘The players also have some very important decisions to make. That’s why an emergency Executive meeting has been called,’ Nicholson told the Herald Sun.
The ACA has set up an emergency fund for players who need immediate financial aid, and the meeting on Sunday will also explain the application process for that.
Other fixtures are also in doubt, such as Australia’s Test tour to Bangladesh from August, the ODI series in India in September, and the home Ashes series against England later this year.
Australia opening batsman, David Warner, took to social media to share his frustrations.
Thanks to our fans for all your support. You can now see first hand what we have to deal with. #fairshare
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) June 30, 2017
Players were set to meet in Brisbane for training on Monday, ahead of their SA A tour which was scheduled for 12 July.