Cricket Australia is stringent and the board will not hesitate hard and fast impositions on players. The pay dispute has taken another new turn as player’s contract is at the brink of an end. The MoU between Australian cricket players and the board will end by June 30. If there is no resolution within a day or two the country’s cricketers will literally become ‘unemployed’. This situation was not unexpected and there were discussions about prospects players participating in charity matches and other cricket matches outside the realms of Cricket Australia. However, recently, CA put up a stern comment against such possibility. The board clearly mentioned that players may face a ban for up to six months if they participate in any kind of ‘disapproved cricket’ after the contract ends.
The warning implies, if the top test players of the team plays any match without the approval of CA after the contract ends, they will face a ban from the upcoming Ashes series. The warning letters to players were issued by Pat Howard, the performance manager of Australia Cricket Team. CA sent the notices through state associations as well as through Australian Cricketers Association. The mail was an attempt to remind players per ICC regulation, if they take part in matches beyond the ambit of their respective national cricket boards, they would face a ban for six months.
The ICC rule cites: "Players (including uncontracted players) cannot play in ICC approved cricket (e.g. domestic T20 competitions operated by overseas cricket boards) without approval from Cricket Australia," Howard wrote. "Players who participate in disapproved cricket (e.g. exhibition matches) are not permitted to participate in ICC approved cricket for a minimum of six months thereafter." Players are entitled to collect No Objection Certificates from their respective national boards to play oversees franchisees matches. In this case, Cricket Australia will have full autonomy to offer players NOCs. This will depend entirely on CA’s decision.
This stance will press players as well as ACA to coincide with CA. However, ACA still has the way to approach ICC for the same. The pay dispute might have a serious impact on Australian cricket if the administration and players do not come on the same page.
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