The entire cricketing fraternity is aware of the ongoing tussle between Cricket Australia (CA) and their star players. The CA has threatened the contracted players with unemployment in case they fail to negotiate a new MoU by June 30.
The Australian cricketers had earlier rejected the pay offer from the game’s governing body, saying the proposal was “a win for cricket administrators but a loss for cricket”.
However, on the other hand, skipper, Steve Smith doesn”t seem to be quite worried about the ongoing dispute as he is enjoying his break in New York. He was recently seen trying his hand at baseball. The captain took to social networking site Instagram where he shared a video which read: “Batting practice in New York #switchhitter”.
One interesting thing to notice in this video was the fact that even though Smith is a right-handed batsman, he was practising his shots as a southpaw. This could actually mean that the fans might witness him playing switch-hits in near future.
Over the last few years, or so relations between the board and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) have been getting progressively detrimental. “In the absence of the ACA negotiating a new MoU, players with contracts expiring in 2016-17 will not have contracts for 2017-18,” Sutherland, CA’s chief executive had mentioned earlier.
Meanwhile, Australian vice-captain David Warner has insisted that the players will brook no refusal which puts across the upcoming tours to Bangladesh and India at risk.
– by Yash Kashikar