Australia’s upcoming tour of Bangladesh, and also The Ashes against arch-rivals England remain in severe doubt, if the the pay dispute engulfing Australian cricket doesn’t get resolved by June 30. Australia’s vice-captain David Warner once again reiterated this on Sunday (June 18). [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশ সফর নিয়ে ফের ওয়ার্নারের হুমকি!]
Last Friday (June 16), Australia’s tour of Bangladesh starting in August was confirmed with selectors naming a strong 13-man squad.
But Warner made it clear that if there’s nothing that’s put in place for what we’re trying to achieve here, from both point of views, they aren’t coming to tour Bangladesh.
This is because Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) continue to stonewall with a resolution looking increasingly unlikely before the deadline at month’s end.
“Well from July 1 – we’re unemployed”, Warner told Channel Nine on Sunday (June 18). “We’ve been threatened with that. We’re hopeful there’s going to be an agreement done – it’s a sticky situation. From our point of view I want to play for Australia and so do the other boys.
“But if there’s nothing that’s put in place for what we’re trying to achieve here, from both point of views, we’re not going to tour Bangladesh, there might not be an Ashes if we don’t have an MOU,” he added. “We want to keep playing cricket for Australia, that’s our goal. If there’s no cricket in summer, what are we going to do?”
Warner reiterated that the Australian players wanted to represent their country but they would have no option if the pay dispute continued. “We’re going to be locked out. Where do we train? They can lock us out from all the different training facilities,” he said.
“It’s going to be disappointing if it comes to that (because) we want to keep playing for Australia. But if we don’t have the MOU done, it’s going to be hard for us to walk on that plane come Bangladesh.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricitime.com