Australia Cricketers' Association (ACA) chief Paul Marsh has claimed senior players are not ruling out strike action if the June 30 deadline passes without a new pay agreement, but going on a strike would be an absolute last resort for them.
The Cricket Australia (ACA) and Marsh are engaged in a feud over negotiations for a new five-year pay deal.
Australia's involvement in the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September could be under threat, along with Australia's one-day international tour of England in June-July if the players decide to go on a strike.
"You can't rule anything out. I don't want this to sound like the players are all preparing to go on strike because that's not the case at all," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Marsh, as saying to a local radio channel.
"That type of action is an absolute last resort," he added.
Marsh said if a new deal couldn't be agreed upon by June 30, the ACA would prefer to keep the current deal rolling along in the short term.
"If Cricket Australia don't want to do that, then we're forced with a decision to make. We either accept the position that they put forward or we look at what our other options are," Marsh said.
"We should be making sure we know what all the different options are so if that time comes, we can sit down with the players and say 'what do you want to do?" he added. (ANI)