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South African cricketers threaten strike action ahead of England series

SACA and CSA are engaged in battle of laws over plans to restructure the local game.

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South African cricketers threaten strike action ahead of England series
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The Boxing Day Test between England and South Africa might be hindered as Proteas cricketers have threatened to go on a strike over dispute with Cricket South Africa (CSA).

The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) have manifested the thought of the drastic steps amid growing chaos with the games’ governing body in the country.

England who are duo to arrive for a four-test tour, are scheduled to meet in the first at Centurion from Boxing Day whereas the possibility of industrial action will be discussed on Friday.

The dispute triggered over the issue of CSA’s allegedly “unlawful use of player commercial rights” during the Mzansi Super League fantasy game where players’ names and pictures have been used without their prior permission.

“Unfortunately SACA has again had to commence a formal process against CSA in respect of yet another situation in which the commercial rights of players in the MSL have been ignored,” said Tony Irish, SACA chief executive.

“CSA has used and allowed the use of, the names and images of players in association with a fantasy league game related to MSL without any rights to do so and despite SACA having relayed to CSA that such use is unlawful.

“The situation has continued despite our concerns raised on repeated occasions, leaving us little option but to take formal steps,”

he added.

SACA that represents as many as 310 professional cricketers, have previously condemned lack of transparency from CSA on a range of issues relating to the financial position of the organisation and concerns around its governance.

“It is about protecting the game and making sure it is healthy and sustainable going forward. That is critical for the players, whose livelihoods depend on it,” he said.

SACA and CSA are engaged in battle of laws over plans to restructure the local game for expanding it from six domestic franchises to 12, but which could ultimately lead to a reduction in earnings for players.

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