‘Aussie cricketers’ relationship with CA is burnt’-Mitchell Johnson
Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson on Wednesday said, the pay dispute between Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers Association has protracted in such an extent that it might worsen the relationship between players and board authorities forever.
CA and ACA has sat for a fresh round of talks on Wednesday but failed to come closer to any solution. Johnson said the cricketers have already felt ‘burnt’ by the governing body.
Talking to The Daily Telegraph, Mitchell Johnson said, “The thing that scares me is CA having control of everything. The players’ relationship with CA is burnt. We went through it with the Argus Preview, not this extent, but the relationship between CA and the players had changed then. It was a bit sour. Now it’s in a very bad way.”
Johnson again said, “Before I retired from international duty, you could see things were starting to fray when Chairman David Peever came into the equation and you heard things about the future of unions.”
“It was quite scary. I was glad I was getting out at that time. I’ll always support the players – hundred percent and the ACA have done a lot for the players, past players as well” – he said.
Mitchell Johnson has all set to play the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers and expressed his keen interest to participate both in the Pakistan Super League and Indian Premier League for the forthcoming season.