This is not something that should be a surprise to anyone, and it is not limited to just the Australian cricket players. It is actually something that happens all over the world and in all sports. When a sport gains in popularity the natural reaction by the owners and managers is to schedule more matches. More matches mean more revenue. The downside to all of this is that it can be taxing to the athlete both mentally and physically.
Australian cricket players have recently voiced their concerns over the scheduling and firmly believe that it is reducing their level of performance on the field. Currently the Australian cricket players have to navigate league play, in season tournaments, test team matches all at the same time. All of this means unfavourable time slots for the players and the players are speaking out on these issues.
Exhausted With No Backup
Players are worn out and their substitutes or replacements are often not capable of performing on the same level, at least not yet. Combine the tired players with lesser performing substitutes or replacement players and it is a recipe for disaster. The question here is whether the owners and officials will listen to these voiced concerns.
The good thing is that all of this is coming from the Australian Cricketers’ Association. That means that they have enough substance to garner a diplomatic approach. They accomplish this by putting together documentation of the facts. None of this information is available to the public other than that the report is indeed being taken seriously.
As the sport of cricket continues to grow, there will be more disputes between the players and managers. In the past, the managers have been overly sensitive to criticism. Now they are learning to take the criticism so that they can work with the players to grow the sport in a healthy way.