Melbourne: The chief of Australia's Cricketers' Union (ACU) on Tuesday flagged the possibility of disgruntled players One-day suing selection bodies if they lost lucrative playing contracts.
Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) chief executive Tim May said cricket administrators had to be prepared for players suing for unfair dismissal the same way a sacked worker could take legal action against their employer. May said he had not encountered any cases of litigation based on team or squad selection in world cricket, but acknowledged players could one day sue selection panels if they had their playing contracts terminated. He said selecting sporting teams or squads was an opinion-based decision, but he could not say if the ACA would support a player who sued their selectors. "It's not an issue the ACA has determined a stand on," May said on Tuesday. "In the first instance we realise we are here for the collective and if we did back a player it's an issue that must apply to all of our constituency and we would have to see if it's an issue that we would support." May said it was up to individual cricket boards to establish conditions to either prevent them being taken to court over selection disputes or initiate criteria for terminating contracts, such as a three-point warning system similar to those in the workplace. "Rules and regulations have been in existence for a long period of time but players can now make a career out of sport and that can be regulated in courts of law," he said. This season two of Australia's high-profile Test players, Colin Miller and Michael Slater, have fallen out of favour with their state selectors despite contracted by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB). Miller, the reigning Australian Test player of the year, has played only four matches for the struggling Victorian team and was dropped for the match against New South Wales (NSW) last weekend, which Victoria won by 10 wickets. NSW selectors also overlooked Slater, despite playing 74 Tests, after a poor season with the bat in which he has averaged 25 in the Sheffield Shield, making the pair the best-paid club cricketers in the country.
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