English cricket is in a state of turmoil as twelve leading players have been handed bans for taking strike action against the English Cricket Board. The players, led by captain Michael Vaughan, openly expressed their disgust at the contracts offered to them last month, calling them “disgraceful” and “a joke”. The ECB swiftly responded, issuing bans for all players who had been centrally contracted. The bans are likely to significantly weaken the strength of English cricket, but ECB officials feel it was necessary.
“Look, we had a situation whereby our best players were putting their middle finger up at us. It’s unacceptable, and as a result none of those players will be selected to represent England again”
The squad for the 1st Test against New Zealand, on the 15th of May, will be announced next week.