Sydney, Sep 12(ANI): CEO of Cricket Australia (CA) James Sutherland has said that CA has started exploring emergency plans ahead of their series against West Indies, following the possibility of West Indies sending a third-rate team.
Sutherland said they are worried, as the dispute between West Indies Cricket Board and its senior players shows no signs of ending.
"We have started to think about these sorts of things but again it is too early to be too definitive about how that all might unfold," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Sutherland, as saying.
"The messages coming through from ICC and indirectly at this stage from West Indies, we're really hopeful things will be sorted and any sort of contingencies we might have started to think about won't be relevant," he added.
Sutherland further highlighted that everyone is concerned about the dispute, and said they are having a hard time thinking about the West Indies team that will turn up in November.
"There are definitely concerns because at the moment the West Indies Cricket Board and their players haven't sorted out their issues, and therefore it would appear if all things remain the same that we won't have a West Indies team of the strength we might hope for," Sutherland said.
He also hoped that the issue would be sorted out sooner than later, and said:
"Yes, it's a concern, but it's also a couple of months away and in my experience these sorts of industrial disputes can be fixed very, very quickly. I would hope both parties can, in the foreseeable future, see eye to eye." (ANI)