South African cricketers threaten strike before England series
The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) have threatened to launch a strike just weeks ahead of England series who are due to arrive for a four-test tour.
On coming Friday, players are set to meet to discuss industrial action which put the Boxing Day Test in Centurion under chaos.
SACA chief executive Tony Irish did not deny any possibility of affecting the forthcoming series against England. He told as quoted by the Reuters, “We still have to discuss the principle of it (industrial action), this is a very early stage of discussion and we will be very mindful of the importance of the international fixtures. It is unlikely those will be affected.”
“We will be responsible around the international tours, because we know that those affect teams from outside of South Africa,” he said.
Irish further said a strike will be the last thing on their mind to execute but taking into consideration about the breaching of number of issues by CSA might lead them to do so.
“It is an exhaustion of all other means of trying to deal with issues. Agreements are breached, we raise concerns, we try to resolve issues, and the result from the other side (CSA) is just to carry on. At some stage you must decide whether you will accept that,” he said.
“It is about protecting the game and making sure it is healthy and sustainable going forward. That is critical for the players, whose livelihoods depend on it.”
SACA that represents 310 professional cricketers and Cricket South Africa are engaged in battle of courts over issues like planning of restructuring the local games as to expand it from six domestic franchises to twelve but that would mean a reduction of earning by cricketers.
Chaos also rose in the just completed Mzansi Super League T20 where a Fantasy League product endorsed by CSA is using names and images of players without their previous permission.