Cricket Australia (CA) have rejected suggestions of players receiving “unpaid contracts” for the upcoming Australia A tour amid the game’s pay dispute.
The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday that Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja were set to be offered temporary tour contracts that cover insurance and costs but no payment.
It comes as the clock ticks on a new memorandum of understanding between CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), which won’t be resolved by the 30 June deadline.
Australia A are due to tour South Africa in less than a fortnight’s time, with the majority of that squad on multi-year state deals.
However, Maxwell and Khawaja aren’t among those players and CA needs an interim solution as the dispute carries on.
A Cricket Australia spokesperson denied that any decisions on Australia A tour contracts had been made and that the governing body remained 100 per cent focused on reaching a resolution on the MOU by 30 June.
The Australian Test team are due next to play against Bangladesh in August and September.
The Ashes is also scheduled to take place in the 2017/18 summer in Australia.