Australian players are ready to tackle the country’s cricket board head-on as they feel their latest contract was too stringent and did not allow them to pursue personal sponsorships.
The players are angry that Cricket Australia’s three-year multi-million dollar deal with Commonwealth Bank, which sponsors annual tri-series, One-day International (ODI) team and centre of excellence, has been so heavily protected that it does not allow players to deal with other companies in any way associated with broader financial market.
It is understood that up to four players have missed out on tens of thousands of dollars because of the deal and Australian Cricket Association (ACA) has briefed player managers, who are ready to back the ACA.
“The players are looking at some action against Cricket Australia,” a prominent manager said requesting anonymity.
“I think something will hot up very soon. At the end of the day, there were three or four players who had minor deals in that category” he was quoted as saying by The Australian.
ACA Chief Executive Paul Marsh said he would be ready to take action once the World Cup (WC) was over as he didn’t want the issue to distract players in their quest for a third WC title.
“There is going to be a fight but we will wait until after the World Cup before we take our next steps,” he said.
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