The Australian Cricketers Association has again warned of an impending "cliff", with no end in sight to the standoff with Cricket Australia over a new pay deal. The current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) expires on Friday, with players set to be locked out, throwing July’s Australia A tour of South Africa into chaos and casting a pall over the Bangladesh tour in August. With CA boss James Sutherland in England until Thursday, ACA president Greg Dyer says he doesn’t expect a resolution before the current deal expires.
"James Sutherland is overseas right now. We have to wait until his return then maybe we can make some progress," Dyer said. "The players are dismayed. We're hugely disappointed we are where we are. We're at the cliff point and we've been walked to that point gradually over the last six to eight months." Retired all-rounder Shane Watson is on the ACA executive, and has warned CA could face legal action if they stopped players joining overseas T20 competitions. "If CA knock back an NOC [No Objection Certification] that's a significant restraint of trade as well," Watson said.