Veteran Australia paceman Peter Siddle defended Australian players’ stance over the pay offered by Cricket Australia. Siddle’s support to the Aussie players will strengthen players’ stance.
With CA had already told players that players will not receive pay beyond June 30 until they accept the pay offer. Siddle, rubbishing CA’s stance said players are not ‘selfish’ but were focused on making the sport stronger for the next generation of Australian cricketers.
“The players play a big part in being a part of Australian cricket. We just want to be treated fairly,’’ Siddle said.
“It’s not so much to do with the situation we’re in now and pay now, it’s about the longevity of the game and making the game strong for the future and looking at that.
“That’s the big one … a lot of people believe that we are being selfish at the moment with what we want at the moment.
Siddle said the players ‘just want to be treated fairly’.
“But it’s got nothing to do with that, it’s about making the game stronger for when we’re done and for the people that are going to play and continue after we’re finished.
“It’s about making sure cricket’s strong, not just for now but for a long time and we want cricket to be around for a long time.’’
Siddle was left out of the CA’s proposed list of national contracts when they were announced in April after a back injury forced an early to his summer.
The fast bowler said, he is currently at “better position” than last year as he targets a return to the Australian cricket team.
“I’ve obviously had a lot of longevity in the Australian team and obviously injuries give other people opportunities, which are always disappointing,’’ Siddle said.
“But it gives me the challenge of pushing harder to get back on the side, which sometimes can be a bigger benefit than being always that certain starter.
“For me, it’s just about getting back for Victoria and I know when I’m 100 per cent fit and bowling well that selection will look after itself.
“I’ll be able to lead-in and play practice matches and get ready to go whereas last year I just went straight into games out of the nets. I’m in a better position and that was the reason for finishing the season early was to give myself every chance to get right for the summer.’’