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Cricket Australia has issued a warning to the players, saying that they could be hit with a six-month ban if they opt to take part in any matches or tournaments without the board’s approval.
The warning was sent via email on Wednesday night by Pat Howard, who is Cricket Australia’s high performance manager.
The message comes just days before the expiration of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA).
Since the ongoing pay dispute has yet to be resolved, many players face the prospect of being unemployed and there has been talk of them looking to ply their trade in domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the world.
However, should they do this, they could face a six-month ban, which would be disastrous for national players in particular as it would rule them out of the Ashes this summer.
“Players (including uncontracted players) cannot play in ICC approved cricket (e.g. domestic T20 competitions operated by overseas cricket boards) without approval from Cricket Australia,” Howard wrote in the email. “Players who participate in disapproved cricket (e.g. exhibition matches) are not permitted to participate in ICC approved cricket for a minimum of six months thereafter.
“If your contract expires on 30 June, you will not be an employee of CA, a State Association or a W/BBL Team from 1 July. This means that you are not required to play, train, perform player appearances or media commitments, and you will not be paid a retainer until such time as a MOU is agreed and a player contract is agreed with you in writing.
“If a MOU is agreed on or by 14 July, your playing contract would only commence from the date the MOU is agreed. CA does not intend that retainers would be back paid to cover any elapsed period between your current contract expiring and the execution of a new contract when a new MOU is agreed.”
Howard also warned players not to sign any deals with sponsors that are not affiliated with Cricket Australia.
“All players will be provided with a list of protected sponsors for 2017/18,” Howard wrote. “Any player entering into unapproved endorsements during any uncontracted period puts at risk future endorsement arrangements with CA, State and W/BBL partners and puts you at risk of not being able to enter into a contract for the upcoming season with CA, the State or W/BBL Team.”