Australia A’s tour of South Africa called off as players’ association boycott

Sports News, July 6:- Players have withdrawn from Australia A’s tour of South Africa as the ongoing and bitter pay dispute between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) continued.

The ACA announced the decision to call off the tour – which was due to get underway on July 12 – on Thursday after no progress regarding a new pay deal was made between the two parties.

Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head were all set to feature in a bid to stake their Test claims for Ashes selection in November but the players and the ACA have shown a united front following the expiry of the Memorandum of Understanding on June 30, which left more than 200 Australian cricketers unemployed.

Negotiations over a new pay deal have been fruitless as the ACA stands firm on its request for a revenue sharing model which would give it a greater say in the game’s future, though CA has refused to adhere to the demands, with August’s tour of Bangladesh and the Ashes series now in further doubt.

-(Inputs- Sportskeeda)

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