Australian vice captain ready to down tools at the end of the month
David Warner has again warned Cricket Australia that if they don’t resolve the ongoing pay dispute then players won’t take to the field.
The Australia vice captain has previously said the Ashes series against England could be in danger if a new Memorandum of Understanding is not agreed.
And with a deadline of June 30 fast approaching to ratify a new deal, Warner is adamant that domestic and international cricket could grind to a halt.
“If we are unemployed, we have no contracts, we can't play,” Warner said in a press conference ahead of Australia’s ICC Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh on Monday. “As you know, we are going to be unemployed come July 1. So we have to wait and see. It is a big thing that we could be unemployed.”
However, Warner added that he was confident the Australian Cricketers Association would negotiate a fair deal with CA before the end of this month.
“We are pretty sure that they will come to an agreement. From my point of view, and speaking to the guys, we would love to see something happen between now and July 1.”
Australia will be looking to beat Bangladesh in style after no result was possible from their opening match of the Champions Trophy against New Zealand due to rain. Only the top two teams from the group go through to the semi-finals, with Australia finishing their group fixtures with a game against tournament hosts England on Saturday.