Former Australia captain Michael Clarke says the players must not be against going to arbitration if an agreement cannot be reached by Monday in the pay dispute with the country’s cricket board (CA).
More than 200 Australian cricketers are currently unemployed after they refused to sign new contracts that expired at the end of June because the board wanted to change the terms of the revenue-sharing model.
An Australian A tour South Africa has already been cancelled with a Test tour to Bangladesh in September in serious doubt if an agreement cannot be reached.
The Aussies also have an ODI series in India, scheduled for October, and then the iconic Ashes series against England towards the end of the year.
CA has suggested that the players could sign roll over contracts so that the above-mentioned tours could go ahead with an arbitration neccessary for the current pay war with the Australia Players Association (ACA).
Clarke told Channel Nine: “As a (former) player, I’m saying if a deal’s not done by Monday afternoon allow it go to arbitration because we need this finalised.
“I believe this is definitely going to arbitration, and I think the ACA would be silly to say no to it. The players can’t say no. The players have got to say yes because they’ve got to play.”
“We need to go to Bangladesh, we need to go to India for the ODIs, and then we need to play our best cricket to beat England in Australia, which I believe we will if we’ve played some cricket together as a team.
“This needs to be done between CA and the players’ association, and the players need to do what (they) know best and that’s to play this game we love.”
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
Clare Connor suggested England are considering hosting a Women’s Tri-Series also involving India and South Africa.
The designated bowlers, whose identitites have not been confirmed, will have their temperatures checked.
The ECB had planned to introduce 40 professional contracts this summer across eight regional hubs.
County are waiting on a decision.