Tim Cruickshank, the commercial manager of Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), is in India these days to explore more job opportunities for Australian cricketers, who are presently jobless due to the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and ACA.
It was earlier reported that 230 Australian cricketers are presently jobless and this is the reason why Cruickshank has come to India to find an alternate source of income for Australian cricketers until the dispute is resolved.
In an interview to Times of India (TOI), the commercial manager of Australian Cricketers’ Association said that the main reason behind his trip is to have a few meetings and create a number of commercial opportunities for the jobless Australian cricketers.
“The main reason for my trip is to have a few meetings, because as of July 1, when the players came off contract, the majority of the Australian cricketers have signed their intellectual property over to the ACA, and that’s been managed by the cricketer’s brand wing of ACA. So, that creates obviously a number of commercial opportunities for the ACA and for the players”
When asked about the adverse impact this move could have on the future of Australian cricketers, Tim said that it’s just a matter of when and Australian cricketers will play international cricket soon again. He also added this move will not have any impact on their value.
“Look, to think that the players won’t play international cricket is probably pretty farfetched. They will play international cricket again. It’s just a matter of when. I don’t think their value will go down at all. I think it will actually create the opposite impact on the Australian market. The companies want to support the players.”