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Players to boycott ‘A’ tour if MOU isn’t signed

Players, having central contracts and state players without multi-year deals, were left unemployed after the deadline for a new MoU was not brokered by June 30. As things stand, only 70 domestic male cricketers remain on contract while the Australian Women’s team, who are now participating in the Women’s World Cup in England, will only be paid for the tournament’s duration.Australia’s players intend to boycott an “A” tour of South Africa later this month unless their pay dispute with Cricket Australia is resolved beforehand, the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) announced on Sunday.Australia A are slated to play a pair of four-day matches against South Africa A as well as a limited-overs tri-series against the Proteas’ and India’s A-teams.However, the ACA pointed out a series of concerns with the proposal, saying that it “disrespects the value of domestic cricketers and the role they play in Australian cricket”.”CA remains ready to negotiate a new MoU and has again called on the ACA to show genuine flexibility and commence negotiations in the best interests of the players and the game”.While there had been speculation CA would ban players from doing so, by refusing to sign a No Objection Certificate, Howard said that was incorrect.Players, who are deadlocked with Cricket Australia (CA) regarding the issue of revenue sharing, held an emergency meeting in Sydney on Sunday.It is a resolution, which will be revisited at the next and subsequent ACA Executive meetings, since the players remain hopeful that common sense will prevail and a new MOU can still be agreed on fair terms.In March, CA made an offer, proposing that the average pay of Australia’s worldwide women’s players would rise from $A79,000 to $A179,000, while the average remuneration of state cricketers would more than double to $A52,000.With strike bowler Mitchell Starc sidelined from the two-Test series in Bangladesh starting in August while he fully recovers from a fractured foot, his place in the touring party was likely to be filled by the one of his fellow quicks – Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers, Jason Behrendorff and Chris Tremain – who most impressed in South Africa.Due to a standoff between professional players and CA, cricket has become standstill in Australia.This option is available to the ACA and could be exercised absent an agreed MOU. They are also open to offers to play in rival competitions, with Twenty20 tournaments the most obvious.As players are unemployed, they are free to pursue sponsorships that rival CA’s official partners. “There’s been conversations had outside cricket which have been quite different to anything I’ve experienced”. “This would apply to any refusal to provide an out of contract player with a No Objection Certificate (NOC)”.