Recently, Mitchell Starc, Australian fast bowler said the team has not changed their stand with regards to the issue of pay against Cricket Australia. The player confirmed their full support to Australian Cricketers’ Association and its stance against the board. As expressed by Alistair Nicholson, the Champions Trophy tournament will be the last match Australian cricketers will play before the present contract runs out. The MoU is valid until the end of June. If CA does not change its stature on ACS’s request of mediation, players will be no longer in contract with the board.
CA is trying to contact individual players and part them away from the Association. Pat Howards, General Manager of Cricket Australia has been sending direct e-mails to players. But Starc’s revelation proved a failure of the attempt. Starc said ACA has full support of players since “it’s about getting a fair share.” He said the players are not asking for more. He also stitched in women cricketers saying, “the men and women are on the same page.” The bowler said sending individual e-mails to players will not have any successful impact.
Despite amidst frays, team Australia is now concentrating on Champions Trophy. Their campaign will set off with the match against New Zealand. The team won the first warm-up match against Sri Lanka followed by the second against Bangladesh. The third warm up is against Pakistan. Mitchell Starc was injured for the first two warm-up matches. He has been practicing in the nets for the match against Pakistan. He said, it is all about fitness and “getting some time” in his injured legs.
Starc wants to bowl the middle overs. He said his role is “pretty comfortable.” He further added, the warn-up match will be a great chance to perform his role again as “there is a little bit of pressure.” There has been a serious dispute of payments between Australian cricketers and the Cricket Board of the country. In an earlier stance, it was also reported even the government might intervene if the Ashes series is affected.
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