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Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has insisted that the pay dispute between Cricket Australia (CA) and ACA could go to arbitration in the coming days.
The 36-year old, who leads Australia to World Cup glory in 2015, has hinted that it would be silly for players to turn down Cricket Australia’s proposal for arbitration on the ongoing dispute over pay.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia had ensured that the proposed tours to Bangladesh and Australia with a guarantee of rollover contracts.
“As a (former) player, I’m saying if a deal’s not done by Monday afternoon allow it go to arbitration because we need this finalised,” he told Channel Nine.
“I believe this is definitely going to arbitration, and I think the ACA would be silly to say no to it. The players can’t say no. The players have got to say yes because they’ve got to play.”
ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson has also hinted that they prefer to continue the ongoing negotiations but are ready to answer on arbitration “by next week.”
But Michael Clarke believes that the players need to quality time in the middle to ensure that they are well prepared for the upcoming Ashes series against England.
The Aussies will need to play at their best to stand a chance against India in the ODI and T20I series. Clarke believes that the team cannot afford boycott any series as the upcoming matches play a huge role in their preparation to Ashes.
“This team cannot afford to miss one game of cricket if we want to beat England in the Ashes,” he said. “We need to go to Bangladesh, we need to go to India for the ODIs, and then we need to play our best cricket to beat England in Australia, which I believe we will if we’ve played some cricket together as a team.
“The players are not CEO of a business or general manager of a business. That’s not their responsibility. This needs to be done between CA and the players’ association, and the players need to do what (they) know best and that’s to play this game we love.”