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Australia players won't be greedy if asked to take pay cut: Tim Paine

MELBOURNE: Australian cricketers aren't going to be "greedy" if they're asked for a pay lower as it can be crucial that the sport flourishes well into the long run in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Test captain Tim Paine.

With India's tour of Australia and the impending T20 World Cup unsure due to the fast-spreading coronavirus, Cricket Australia has already stood down 80 consistent with cent of its body of workers and now could be in talks with Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) regarding a potential gamers' pay lower.

"Players need to know the absolute financial positions of the game and the players aren't going to be greedy," Paine said on ABC Radio.

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"Our livelihood, the entire other people related to the CA and the gamers association, their livelihood relies on the sport of cricket being healthy.

"So nowadays if a pay lower for us is on the playing cards and that helps to keep our sport thriving well into the long run, then that is something we will certainly have to take a look at."

Cricket Australia might lose a staggering AUD 300 million bucks if the Indian workforce fails to turn up for the bilateral sequence due to the worldwide well being disaster.

Paine said he wasn't shocked at the deficient financial state of the board.

"I think commercially numerous sponsors were beautiful exhausting hit and it's obviously going to hit Cricket Australia at some stage then as well," Paine said.

"I think there's a bit of safeguarding towards the opportunity of India now not coming (on a tour in December/January) which is worth something like 250 to 300 million bucks."

Australia's borders are sealed till September 30 but in a bid to salvage the India tour, the federal government is considering offering world exemptions to permit the Indian workforce arrive in Australia.

The 35-year-old Paine said he is not conscious about any contingency plan if the India tour doesn't cross ahead and hoped Virat Kohli and his males can arrive in Australia as planned.

"I have never just yet and I do not need to be. I hope that they get right here, that might clear up numerous problems," Paine said.

"I do know there may be been some early talks with Cricket Australia and the federal government around the opportunity of what may well be accomplished, chartering planes and getting them in isolation once they get right here to be sure that we will get India right here.

"But apart from that I've only heard a few things on the rumour mill about maybe New Zealand coming out and us going there."

Asked about Michael Clarke's claims that the Australians had "sucked up" to Indian captain Kohli in recent years to protect lucrative IPL deals, Paine said the former Aussie captain should have taken person names if he needs to take other people on.

"If you're going to come out with a big quote and try and take people on and cause any sort of trouble and have a crack at people, I think you name people individually and he certainly didn't," Paine said.

"It was certainly unfounded because I was out on the field and there was no one taking it easy (on Kohli)."

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