David Warner Believes Players Might Withdraw From Ashes If Pay-Deal Fails
Flamboyant Australian opener David Warner has reiterated and backed his statement while revealing the players are planning to skip the traditional Ashes series if the pay dispute would go past the expiration date of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is scheduled for June 30.
“If we are unemployed we have no contracts, we can’t play. I stick firm behind it [statement],” Warner was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.
Earlier, the vice-captain Warner drew the flak after revealing the Cricket Australia might miss out the services of national players after they kept on leading the stand-off with Players’ Association over revenue model.
Interestingly, Cricket Australia, the fixed revenue model has been existing since past two decades, as the national board is aiming to break the traditional pay-policy.
However, Warner feels both the parties would reach to the agreement and the national players would be aiming to see the deal taking place as soon as possible.
“So, from my point of view and speaking to the guys, we would love to see something happen between now and July 1,” Warner stated.
The impasse between the national board Cricket Australia and Australian Crickets’ Association in the recent past has further seen players making their opinions.
“I am sure that it is in the capable hands of the ACA to get to the table with CA and come to some form of an agreement,” Warner said.
The reports suggested that Warner is living a lavish life while enjoying the handsome contract from the CA. Warner while expressing his satisfaction for his batting to play the significant role for Australia across all formats believes he would be serving for the best.
“It comes with my background and my history with that kind of stuff. So you know, it is water off a duck’s back,” Warner said.
Warner stated he wants to stand for all the players while urging the board for equal shares. He further revealed the players have thrown support for the association while effusively praising their work to keep players on the same page, as he feels agreement would come in good for the players and administration itself.
“I have a verbal stance, to stick up for all our players, and we are always talking about a fair share and equality. And that’s what we are sticking to,” Warner remarked.
Warner believes opinions differ from one another while stating he has thrown complete support behind the players adding they are together for the same cause.
“People have their own opinions and they can have those opinions, and for me. My full support is with all the guys, and we’re all together,” Warner concluded.
While being adamant in reply, Warner stated the cricket board has used the media as a tool while stating CA body has been working in that way. Warner has featured in 94 One-Day Internationals, 64 Tests and 63 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia since making his debut in 2009.
The modern-day batsman is averaging 47.42 in Tests and 44.53 in ODIs as he has smashed 24 centuries and 13 hundreds in both formats, respectively.
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