Players boycott Australia A tour in pay dispute. Australia´s players on Thursday boycotted this month´s Australia A tour to South Africa, escalating a bitter pay dispute which threatens to derail senior tours to Bangladesh and India as well as this year´s home Ashes.
Australia A Team Players boycott tour in pay dispute recent month this issue is become more serious. The Australia Cricketers´ Association (ACA) said the players were unavailable to tour South Africa for the Australia A team without an agreed pay deal or new Memorandum of Understanding, after their existing contracts with Cricket Australia expired on June 30 following months of increasingly acrimonious wrangling.
“It is with great frustration that with no progress towards resolving the current dispute, Australia A players confirm they will not tour South Africa,” ACA said in a statement.
“This decision is made in support of more than 200 male and female players who are now unemployed.”
Cricket Australia (CA) said it was disappointed with the players´ decision not to go on the A team tour of South Africa.
“CA regrets that players have made this decision despite progress made in talks between CA and the ACA in meetings over the past week, including regular communication between CEOs,” it said in a statement.
“While a new MOU has not yet been agreed, CA is of the view that these talks should have enabled the tour to proceed as planned.”
CA said it has advised Cricket South Africa of the players´ decision.