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Ashes above all, tri-nation worthless

Ashes would remain the top priority for the Australian players no matter what Cricket Australia says.

April 29, 2006, 4:33 PM IST
Ashes above all, tri-nation worthless

Lahore: The Australian Cricketers Association has termed the India-Australia-Pakistan tri nation One-Day International cricket series in Abu Dhabi as a "money making exercise".

ACA President Paul Marsh has advised the Australian Cricket Board against planning any such event ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in the future.

"Coming off a good break, we probably need something heading into the Champions Trophy this year. But we see a series such as this as fitting under that ‘meaningless tournament’ bracket.

"Going into the future, why would they need to be playing it other than as a money-making exercise?" Marsh said.

He said the Ashes would remain the top priority for the Australian players no matter what Cricket Australia said, but added that Players’ Association was also against mass resting of the players.

"It is a shame that players have to miss games for Australia, as the schedule is too heavy. But if they are saying they need to be missing these games leading into the Ashes, then CA needs to listen to them. If you ask any player, the Ashes would be a higher priority than the Champions Trophy and those other events," he said.

He further said it would be better to review the international scheduling instead of resting players.

"We don’t believe resting players is a long-term answer here. We believe in reducing number of games and putting adequate space between games," he said.

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