“Need to get the deal done first.”— Captain Steven Smith

 . Last updated on August 2, 2017, 12:45 PM
“Need to get the deal done first.”— Captain Steven Smith
Per Smith, CA is aware of the player’s stance on the Bangladesh tour.

Even if former captain Michael Clarke appealed Australian players to resolve their differences with Cricket Australia, the players do not seem to soften their stance. Clarke even appealed Steven Smith to take the lead to resolve the issue as the Captain of the team. In a recent press meet, the Aussie Captain said the Bangladesh schedule is still uncertain as players are unlikely to tour without a resolution. The tour is set to start from August 22 and the deadline is closing in for CA to resolve the dispute. He was fairly clear on his stance. He said he “would like to” but the players “need to get the deal done first.”

The Australian Captain thinks touring Bangladesh after Australia A boycotted the South Africa tournament will be not fair. He said, to tour Bangladesh before any concrete settlement of the dispute would be a partial decision. Smith also confirmed that CA is well aware of the cricketers’ position on the tour. Per the captain, CA “have been told”. He personally conveyed Pat Howard about “how things were doing to be if there wasn’t a deal done.” There was a report on CA and ACA being on a “common ground” but there is no confirmation of any palpable resolution to the dispute. Smith is hopeful on the recent strides of both ACA and CA. He said there are some good progress.

As a captain, Smith is insecure as he must maintain a relation with the Cricket Board while being with the cricketers. He confessed about some “difficult moments”. He said he will have to deal with officials like Pat Howard, the Board and James Sutherland after the dispute is over. This calls for a sheer caution on his part. Per Smith, to lead the settlement of the dispute, he should be able to talk to “guys behind the scenes” and well as those doing the job at the table.


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