Cricket Australia’s pay dispute has taken an unexpected turn with national cricket authorities offering five of the country’s elite cricketers a chance to play in the Australia 'A' tour of South Africa on unpaid contracts. Fairfax Media reveals Cricket Australia will give five out of the 14-man squad due to play in South Africa a chance to play for free so not to jeopardise their international careers. Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird and Travis Head all have CA contracts in place but will be given the opportunity to play for free with all expenses covered for the tour.
"The players are very resilient. As we've gone further into this, each time CA has effectively gone around the ACA and direct to the players, which was specifically not what the players wanted, their resolve has strengthened. Their attitude to Australia A and other tours beyond that, I don't see them as being likely to change their views on how they should approach those tours," Dyer said.