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Suitors in India, England ready to pounce on the ongoing turmoil in Australia

The negotiations have obviously created interest overseas: ACA commercial manager

Steven Smith of Australia
Australia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

With the existing turmoil within cricket in Australia due to payment disputes, suitors in India and England ready to go after their stars intellectual rights, as the board would not have any control over their players as soon as their contract expires.The Australian players are scheduled to meet at a one of kind Assembly in Sydney hotel as the Board faces a unique situation where the prospect of their stars’ image rights being sold offshore next month.

Only the high optimists believe that Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association would strike a deal by Friday’s deadline while suitors in India and England are ready to pounce on the looming lockout. Contracts of the stars from Down Under such as David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell, expire next week and the lot would be rendered unemployed.

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These are huge names on the subcontinent and with CA no longer controlling their intellectual property rights after their contracts, therefore the escalating industrial crisis could be seized upon by opportunistic foreign entities.”The negotiations have obviously created interest overseas and there has been genuine interest from the Indian market in regards to players’ IP and taking that offshore,” commented Tim Cruickshank, who is a former New South Wales batsman and ACA commercial manager heading The Cricketers’ Brand.

The player’s union have already received inquiries from India about sponsoring a collective of Australia’s most high-profile players if the pay dispute is not resolved by the deadline. However, the current and former internationals Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, Shane Watson and Lisa Sthalekar are expected to be present in the emergency meeting while captain Steve Smith, who is busy vacationing in the US, is expected to dial in from overseas. A stand will also be taken for the upcoming tours to South Africa and Bangladesh.

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