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The Cricket Australia Board Director, Mark Taylor, has called for the pay issue to be sorted out soon. The former captain has asked both the parties to end the impasse, so as Australian public soon get to watch their players on the field, in front of them,
“I think there’s got to be a compromise on both sides, I really believe that. I think at any negotiation you give and you take. I think when you get to that situation, which I hope we are getting very close to now, then you get close to a resolution. I’m confident there will be a resolution soon. I don’t know when but I just hope both sides keep working hard at it,” Taylor said.
“I think everyone has probably read and heard enough about things that don’t involve people scoring runs and taking wickets, I included, and I think that [the cricket] is what we all want to see. That includes sponsors, TV networks, past players, commentators, and I think the quicker we get to that situation the better for the game,” he added.
There looms a threat over the participation of Australian team in The Ashes as well. If the pay dispute isn’t sorted out by in a few months time, then one can experience no Ashes series, which is scheduled to be played in Australia later this year. England Cricket Board (ECB) has already stated that their players won’t tour the country in absence of an MOU, and if this happens, then it will be the lowest phase in Australian cricket history when they will let England retain the urn without even fighting for it.
“I’m still very confident there will be an Ashes series and I’m very confident there will be some Test-match cricket played by Australia before them. That’s certainly what I’m working towards and I’m assuming both parties are working towards that. It’s far from ideal and it’s cost an Australia A tour of South Africa which is disappointing, no doubt about it. But at this stage, we haven’t lost a Bangladesh tour and we certainly don’t want to lose an Ashes tour here in Australia,” Taylor, a veteran of 104 Test matches added.
Australia A side has already withdrawn from the upcoming tour of South Africa and the next scapegoat of this impasse would be the Test series against Bangladesh, which can see a boycott from players in case no MOU is signed.
Cricket Australia though has already earlier issued a warning to players against signing any unsanctioned league, which can invite the ban of at least six months for them. Though, Mitchell Starc, their mainstay pacer has signed with brand Audi, a company which is not on the list of Cricket Australia’s protected sponsor.
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