Retired Test allrounder Shane Watson has warned of legal consequences should Cricket Australia stand in the way of unemployed players seeking to take part in overseas competitions. With a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) highly unlikely to be struck by Friday's deadline, about 230 of Australia's most senior cricketers are set to become free agents.
Should the chasm between CA and the players union remain, Watson predicts many players would look abroad for opportunities in one of several lucrative domestic Twenty20 leagues including in the Caribbean, Bangladesh and South Africa. Even while uncontracted they would require a no objection certificate (NOC) from CA to play elsewhere, as is the case for players and boards in other countries. Watson, an Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) executive member, said a failure to issue NOCs could open the governing body up to big legal ramifications.