Rahul Dravid has advised the BCCI to replace the India A tri-series with a bilateral series against South Africa rather than cancelling the entire tour after Australia pulled out due to contract disputes. The hosts may replace it with five 50-over matches, or look for a replacement for Australia.
After months of negotiations, the players and Cricket Australia (CA) failed to reach an agreement on the new contract deals, leaving 230 international and domestic players unemployed from June 30 when their previous contracts expired. 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 be paid only for the tournament's duration.
Following the end of the deadline, the Australian Cricketers Association decided to boycott the One-day tri-series involving the hosts, and India A, scheduled to start on July 12. However, the decision of the Aussie players left the BCCI in a state of
“Given the situation in Australia, we were considering postponing the SA tour, but Dravid insisted that we shouldn't let our team suffer for what happened there. Cricket South Africa (CSA) is keen to host us too, so the tour will go ahead,” a BCCI official told TOI.
Late last month, the BCCI had announced that Manish Pandey would lead the 16-member squad while Karun Nair will captain the 15-member squad for the four-day games against South Africa. So after the ongoing development, the hosts may replace the tri-series with five one-day matches against India, or even look for a side to replace Australia `A.'
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