India-Australia series in doubt following CA-ACA pay dispute

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India-Australia series in doubt following CA-ACA pay dispute

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SportsCafe Desk

07/02/2017

The India-Australia series later this year has come under doubt following the contract issues of the Australian players, who are currently unemployed after their MoU with the Cricket Australia expired on June 30. But the ACA and CA are hoping to resolve the issue before touring India.

Both the parties failed to strike a new pay deal before the June 30 deadline, which has left more than 200 international and domestic cricketers unemployed. As things stand, only 70 domestic male cricketers remain on contract while the Australian Women's team, who are currently participating in the Women’s World Cup in England, will only be paid for the tournament's duration.

Yesterday, the cricketers held an emergency meeting in Sydney where they decided to boycott Australia A's tour of South Africa, which was scheduled to start on July 12.

Following the decision, it increasingly seems as if Australia’s upcoming tour of India may suffer a similar fate if the concerned parties fail to reach an understanding by then. However, if that happens, the implications will be severe for Cricket Australia. 

"Should Bangladesh be scrapped, there would be broadcast rights issues for CA, but nowhere near the drama which would be sparked should the subsequent One-day series in India be dumped. When the West Indies abandoned its Indian trip midway through the tour of 2014 over a pay fight, the BCCI reacted by demanding $42 million in damages. The itinerary for the Indian tour has yet to be publicly released. There is no way CA would want to upset the BCCI. That would be a disaster," a report in the Sydney Morning Herald stated.

The Indian tour is slated to take place in October, which is just before Australia host England for the Ashes. If the Ashes are cancelled, that would result in huge financial losses for the CA and the reputations of both cricketers and the Board will be hit.

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