No strike plan for Aussies despite payment issues

Published: Sunday, June 3, 2012, 12:00 [IST]
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Aussie cricketers play down strike plans

Melbourne, Jun 3: The continuing stalemate over a pay dispute notwithstanding, Australian cricketers have no plans of going on strike.

Amid speculation that they might boycott the tour of England scheduled to be held from June 29-July 10 or the World Twenty20 at Sri Lanka in September-October, a senior Australian cricketer has said there is no talk of strike at the moment.

"It won't be happening," an unnamed senior player was quoted as saying in a leading daily.

Australian Cricketers Association chief executive Paul Marsh also said that strike would be a last resort.

"Our absolute priority and desire is to negotiate a resolution that works for both parties," he said.

"But it takes two to tango and we're still a long way apart ... And there is a strong resolve among the player group. It's in everyone's interests that we keep working at it."

The players will leave for England on June 14 to play six one-day internationals - one against Ireland and five against England, the last three of which will be after the current deal expires.


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