CA warns of six-month bans for playing unsanctioned matches

Australia's players face a ban from this summer's Ashes series should they take part in any kind of "disapproved cricket" in the event of an extended pay dispute beyond the July 1 expiry of the current MOU between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association(ACA).

The warning to all players, whether they are in or out of contract after the MOU expiry, was issued by CA's team performance manager Pat Howard on Wednesday night via state associations and also sent to the ACA.

It was not directly relayed to the Australia women's team currently taking part in the World Cup in England. Potential for the staging of exhibition games has been discussed among the players in recent weeks, while the prospect of many taking part in overseas Twenty20 tournaments is also in the wind.

"Players (including uncontracted players) cannot play in ICC approved cricket (e.g. domestic T20 competitions operated by overseas cricket boards) without approval from Cricket Australia," Howard wrote. "Players who participate in disapproved cricket (e.g. exhibition matches) are not permitted to participate in ICC approved cricket for a minimum of six months thereafter."

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