Australia skipper Steve Smith claimed it would be unfair on the Australia ‘A’ players if the Test players opted to tour Bangladesh in the absence of an MOU as the Australia A men’s team voted last month to boycott their scheduled tour to South Africa. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সমোঝোতার উপর নির্ভর করছে বাংলাদেশ সফর: স্মিথ]
“I’d like to, but as we’ve said for a long time we need to get the deal done first. I don’t think it would be fair for us to go away after the (Australia),” Smith said when asked if he expected the Bangladesh series to go ahead.
According to Smith, Australia A players had shown “some real courage and leadership” by foregoing an opportunity to push their future Test and ODI credentials in South Africa.
“I don’t think it would be fair for us to go away after the (Australia) A guys were very strong on not going away on their tour, for us to then go away I don’t think that’s fair,” he added.
Local media reported that Cricket Australia CA is on the verge of an agreement with the players’ union. Speaking about that Smith remained hopeful that a solution would be found.
“It’s had some difficult moments. When this is all over with, I have to deal with Pat Howard, I have to deal with the (CA) Board and speak to (CA chief executive) James Sutherland so I have to be careful with what sort of lines I tread. Talking to the two parties and trying to figure out what each of them want and the best way forward. It’s been a long process and hopefully it comes to a close soon,” he signed off.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com