Allan Border, the legendary Australian captain, fears a continual boycott from Australian players is a possibility amid an escalation of the bitter pay dispute between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA).
“It seems ridiculous that it’s got to this. (Australia ‘A’ tours) can be rescheduled, but tours of India and Ashes can’t – and that’s looming,” Border told Fox Sports News on Thursday (July 6). “Has there ever been a player boycott of a tour before? Not in my time. To boycott a tour – that’s pretty serious.
“If both sides stick their head in the sand and are not prepared to talk to each other, what else is there to think?” he added. “As an outsider you’ve got to say ‘does that mean touring India is going to be a problem?’ If that happens, the Indians are going to have some say about what’s going on – it’s costing us money.”
“They’ve got total separate thoughts on the thing and just won’t negotiate. You can’t just let these things drift because there’ll be serious ramifications down the line,” he added.