Australia’s tour to Bangladesh uncertain as CA-ACA talks fall over
Australia cricket’s pay dispute has taken a turn for the worse, as the talks between Cricket Australia(CA) and Australia Cricketers Association(ACA) have broken down. This puts Australia’s upcoming tour to Bangladesh under serious threat. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আবারও শঙ্কায় অস্ট্রেলিয়ার বাংলাদেশ সফর]
The Australian side is scheduled to tour Bangladesh for a two match Test series starting from August 27. After 10 long years the Tigers were getting the opportunity to take on Australia in the five day format. But now the chances of that series actually taking place is getting slim.
Earlier this month, the Australian players had boycotted Australia A’s tour to South Africa, owing to the pay dispute. But after that both parties seemed to be more interested to find a middle ground and solve this problem. Since then,CA and ACA officials have taken part in multiple discussions in the past few weeks, trying to find a middle ground. Everyone was hoping that the discussions will be fruitful and the dispute will end.
But in the recent turn of events, a quick solution seems unlikely. ACA held an emergency two-hour board meeting on Friday afternoon, and had resolved to continue it’s fight to retain a pay model it believes is fair. The CA later said that they were shocked by the ACA’s claim and had not been formally notified of the ACA’s position. According to the CA the talks are ongoing. The different statements from both the parties is creating confusion in the cricket fraternity. But it confirms one thing that the pay dispute is far from over.
The CA haven’t yet officially called off the Bangladesh tour, but it’s rumored that the BCB has been informed by the CA much like Cricket South Africa(CSA) were warned about the Australia A tour that the tour might not go ahead. However a customary pre-tour security visit involving representatives from both CA and the ACA will be going ahead as scheduled on July 24. The Australia Test squad is still scheduled to camp in Darwin for a pre-tour camp on August 10 prior to the Bangladesh tour.