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Full credit to Australia players for staying tight on pay-dispute: Michael Vaughan

Vaughan said that the likes of Smith and Warner could have easily signed a contract but they chose not to seeing the big picture.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Photo Source: Twitter)

The ongoing feud between Cricket Australia and Australian cricketers has stretched beyond the imagination of a lot of people. Today marked the 7th day for more than 200 cricketers, who are unemployed in Australia since June 30. Former captain Michael Vaughan is in admiration of the players, who are standing firm in their stance of retaining the old revenue-sharing model, which has been in existence since 1997.

‘Respect for Australia players’

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Due to the pay dispute, Australia’s A team tour of South Africa has been called off as players did not want to tour without signing a MoU. The legendary Vaughan, who led England to a rare Ashes win in 2005, opined that big players could have easily signed a contract but they stood for the State cricketers, who were given a raw deal by the CA.

“I have a huge amount of respect for all the Australian players.

“The likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, they could have quite easily signed their contracts.

“They’re rich people anyway, but the could quite easily could have got even richer quicker. Full credit to the Australian players for staying tight.”

Michael Vaughan had a successful career in Test cricket, especially as captain. He won 82 Test caps for his country scoring 5719 runs at 41.14 with 197 being his highest Test score. He scored 18 hundreds and as many fifties in a 9-year international career.

It is a great gesture by the international stars to stand up for the little known domestic cricketers. Vice-captain Warner has already spoken of participating in franchise-based T20 leagues around the world when the players were threatened of unemployment by Sutherland. The Ashes series, which kicks off in November, has come under jeopardy if both parties don’t sit across a table soon.

Uncertainty on Australia’s tour of Bangladesh

Every cricketer in Australia stand unified against the CA, who wanted to play the divide and rule policy. The ACA is negotiating with the CA on behalf of the players. They rejected the latest revaluated offer sent by Sutherland and Co much to the disappointment of the CA. After the cancellation of the South Africa tour, the tour of Bangladesh – Australia’s next cricketing assignment – has come under a cloud.

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