The subsequent resolution by the players not to agree to play for any CA teams until a new MOU is signed led to speculation about the Bangladesh tour (due to start on August 18), a scheduled ODI series in India and the Ashes due to begin in Brisbane on November 23.
However, while speaking at a Channel 9 launch in Melbourne, Mark Taylor said that it would be an unacceptable situation for the Test side to not tour Bangladesh and he is confident that no more cricket will be lost.
Former Aussie skipper said, “I think there’s got to be compromise on both sides, I really believe that. I think at any negotiation you give and take. When you get to that situation, which I hope we are getting very close to now, then you get close to a resolution.”
He added, “I’m confident there will be a resolution soon. I don’t know when but I just hope both sides keep working hard at it. I’m still very confident there will be an Ashes series and I’m very confident there will be some Test match cricket played by Australia before then. That’s certainly what I’m working towards and I’m assuming both parties are working towards that.”
Taylor concluded, “It’s a big game these days. Players are fully professional. Cricket boards are trying to do what they think is right for the game in general so there’s going to be times when you disagree and that’s where we are at the moment. But I think both sides have to work towards finding a resolution which is in the best interests of the game and the players.”
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