Bangalore: In a bid to improve the standard of cricket in the country, Australia's first-class cricketers - except the ones on tour in India - would come together at a conclave in Sydney next week to discuss the various issues plaguing the game, according to a report in The Australian.
The players are expected to discuss the rising problems of Australian cricket, and ways to combat the breakdown. On top of the agenda are expected to be the scheduling of the Big Bash League, and the cramped domestic itinerary. The solutions proposed are to be presented to Cricket Australia by the end of the year. This comes nearly two years after the Argus review, which sought to find an explanation for the downturn in Australia's cricketing fortunes after the Ashes were surrendered on home soil in 2010-11.
George Bailey, who is currently in India as captain of the limited-overs side in Michael Clarke's absence, was reprimanded by CA for voicing his concerns against the scheduling of the Big Bash League, while Cameron White, Australia's former Twenty20 captain, highlighted the importance of the Sheffield Shield season and the reduction in the number of one-day games.