Australia’s head coach Darren Lehmann has said he believes an agreement between the country’s top international cricketers and governing body over new contracts will be reached.
A stand-off has developed between Cricket Australia (CA) and the men’s and women’s players, represented by the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA), over the proposed deals.
The disagreement centres around the removal of players being given a slice of CA profits and strike action has been threatened if a compromise is not reached by June 30, when the current contracts expire.
If a new deal is not agreed, it could lead to the nation’s top players not featuring in the Ashes series against England due to start in November.
However, in a press conference before the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy, being hosted in England and Wales from June 1 to 18, Lehmann told reporters that he thinks a deal or Memorandum of Understanding will be reached before the deadline passes.
“Both sides I’m sure will get there,” said Lehmann, who was head of the ACA from 2006 to 2010.
“It traditionally stays quite late in the negotiations (to reach an agreement), we had that last time and the time before that and the time before that.
“So there’s no panic, it’s just about those two parties getting together.
“Both sides are respectful, they’ll get the deal done I’m sure.
“Both parties have just got to get talking.”
During his time as ACA head, Lehmann, who has been head coach since 2013, helped negotiate a similar MoU when a similar contract dispute surfaced.
During the row, CA bosses have said they are willing to speak to ACA officials in order to resolve the issue.
If a strike does take place, it will start during the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in England.
Australia’s men’s team are also due to play a Test match series in Bangladesh in August.