Image Instagrammed by Mitchell Starc.
Image Instagrammed by Mitchell Starc.

Australian cricketers went ‘out of work’ on Saturday, July 1, after they failed to reach to an understanding with Cricket Australia (CA) over the ongoing pay dispute. June 30 was the deadline but with non settlement of the dispute between CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), the players were left technically ‘unemployed’ by July 1. Vice-captain David Warner, speedster Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell took to social media to share their thoughts on Day one of their unemployment. The three players took to their Instagram accounts to take a dig at the situation and post sarcastic remarks over the current scenario.

Warner posted a picture with an emotional caption. The swashbuckling left-handed opener, who is known to be a loving and caring family man, posted a picture with his wife Candice with an accompanying caption that read: “I may be unemployed but I still have the support and backing from this amazing lady. Family is everything to me. I thought the same about my old workplace but I guess I was wrong. #thebull #fairshare”

Warner has apparently been the de facto leader of the Australian players in the ongoing negotiations with the CA over the pay hike.

On the other hand, Starc and Maxwell posted image and short clip respectively on their Instagram handles playing golf. Starc’s image with the picturesque background was accompanied by a caption which read, “Thought I’d better give another profession a go… #unemployed Celtic Manor yet to disappoint.. Absolute treat.”

Maxwell, who could be seen playing a slog sweep with the golf bat, put a witty as well as sarcastic caption with the clip which read: “Even though we’re now unemployed, I thought it would be a good idea to keep working on my slog sweep, just incase the MOU gets done soon… #unemployeddays #whattodonext #skydiving #extremesports #footy #golf @callawaygolfaus @golf_gods”

Talks between CA and the ACA went kaput over the new pay deal, which has resulted in around 230 domestic and international; women and men cricketers officially becoming unemployed. The Australian women’s cricket team, which is participating in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, will be paid for their performance for the tournament. The cricketers have declined to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CA, which has cast the shadows of doubt over the home Ashes and other international tours for Australian players.