Still uncertainty over Australia’s tour of Bangladesh
Cricket Australia (CA) may have announced the 13-man Australia Test squad for the series against Bangladesh starting from August 28, but reports arriving in the Australian media suggest that there is still cloud of uncertainty over Australia’s tour to Bangladesh. [বাংলায় পড়ুন: অস্ট্রেলিয়ার বাংলাদেশ সফর নিয়ে এখনো ধোঁয়াশা]
CA has outlined its desire to scrap the model that has shaped players’ salaries for 20 years, wanting greater flexibility. Players have declared they will do whatever it takes to ensure that does not happen. And because of this, the Aussie cricketers may also boycott the Bangladesh tour if needed.
Ahead of the two-match Test series, Australia’s Test squad is due to arrive in Bangladesh on August 18, and they will play two warm-up matches before the commencement of the actual series.
However, the tour risks becoming a farce if CA and the ACA can’t agree on a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), or a suitable temporary measure, before then.
“The players love representing their country and want nothing more than to get that opportunity against Bangladesh,” ACA boss Alistair Nicholson said.
“But the reality is all international players are unemployed come 1st July if there is no MoU in place; Cricket Australia seem to be ignoring this reality.
“The players can’t tour if they are unemployed.
“We are committed to getting an MoU, including a revenue share for all players, finalised by June 30.”
The series between Bangladesh and Australia was originally supposed to take place back in 2015, but later it was postponed on security grounds from CA’s part. But this time around, there isn’t likely to be any issue regarding security matters.
“Players selected for this tour will continue to receive regular security status updates prior to travelling. “The Bangladesh Cricket Board and the Bangladesh government have provided satisfactory levels of assurance and security for this tour to proceed at this stage,” CA high-performance manager Pat Howard said.
“We will continue to work with them to finalise plans but also monitor advice from government agencies and our own security advisors. Our number one priority will always be the safety and security of our players and support staff.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com