Smith stands firm: No Bangladesh tour without new deals


Australia captain Steve Smith has again reiterated that players will not agree to go on any tours unless new deals are signed with the country’s cricket board (CA).

The Aussies are scheduled to go on a Test tour to Bangladesh later this month but the Australia Cricketers Association (ACA) have not agreed any terms with CA.

More than 200 Australian cricketers, including Smith and David Warner, are currently unemployed after the players rejected the CA’s latest contract offer, with negotiations still taking place.

An Australia A tour to South Africa, scheduled for last month, was cancelled because of the dispute and Smith said a deal needed to be reached first.

When asked if he expected the Bangladesh series to go ahead, Smith said: “I’d like to, but as we’ve said for a long time we need to get the deal done first.

“I don’t think it would be fair for us to go away after the (Australia) A guys were very strong on not going away on their tour, for us to then go away I don’t think that’s fair.

“CA know this, they’ve been told this.

“I told (CA’s Executive General Manager Team Performance) Pat Howard personally that this was how things were going to be if there wasn’t a deal done.”

Smith did add though that “some really good progress” has been made in recent days and that a resolution could be found soon.