Lehmann sure Ashes boycott won't happen

Solenn Plantier
Mai 19, 2017

There is a vital tournament to play but Lehmann knows the issues in the boardroom will permeate much of the the atmosphere.

However, the ACA pointed out a series of concerns with the proposal, saying that it "disrespects the value of domestic cricketers and the role they play in Australian cricket".

It means cricket faces a balancing act as it marches towards a future where T20 leagues could usurp the global game.

Warner said the players would not be intimidated.

"We'll talk about it when we all meet", Lehmann said in Brisbane before his departure.

"Just getting together and working it out is the way to go". That's what they've got to do.

“Theyll get a deal done and, once that happens, everyone will be right and well get the game going the way it should be.

Cricket Australia are seeking to replace the existing revenue-sharing model with new contracts as part of a wider restructure of remuneration throughout the game - a move that has left senior players unimpressed.

"We are genuinely committed to getting a deal done before June 30", the ACA player liaison manager Simon Katich said.

CA released their proposal in March, offering large salary increases, particularly for women, but breaking with the 20-year model of a fixed percentage of revenue from the game going to the cricketers.

A dispute Down Under has escalated to the point that Australia vice-captain David Warner is suggesting next winter's Ashes series could be in danger.

'I don't think this will be the last dispute between players and their boards, ' Vaughan told the BBC.

For the time being, at least, it appears that South African cricket will avoid the kind of drama now unfurling in Australian cricket circles, where the top players are threatening a boycott. In the meanwhile, Cricket South Africa must take heed of the drama unfolding in Australia and attempt to ensure the same doesn't happen here.

Captain Steve Smith will join the squad after leading the Rising Pune Supergiants to Indian Premier League final and Lehmann said that he maintained constant contact with the 27-year-old.

"When we first started the ACA, I was part of that as a player, delegate and a president". "You have those issues, every sport has them, so it's just about communication and getting the right outcome for both parties".

The Australian coach finds himself in a unique position during the pay dispute, having both the ear of the players and his employer, CA.

"It always traditionally stays quite late in the negotiations".

Sutherland's email casts doubt on what team Australia could field after June 30, with a two-Test series scheduled in August in Bangladesh, before this summer's home Ashes.

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