CA 'extremely disappointed' with players association amid pregnancy policy criticism

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Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland has criticised the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) over pregnancy policy complaints.

CA has come under fire after it was revealed that female players are asked to declare whether they are pregnant or not in their contracts.

Australia's cricket governing body has been accused of sexual discrimination, something Sutherland strongly denied, insisting it is a matter of safety as he took aim at the ACA amid ongoing collective bargaining talks.

"We will co-operate fully with the Ombudsman, and welcome their inquiries because it is always our intention to provide the best support for all our players," Sutherland said in a statement Saturday.

"We are extremely disappointed that this issue has been raised by the ACA. Their senior executives were fully involved in negotiating, amending and then agreeing the contract for women players in the first half of 2015. As the ACA has shown no objection to this contract, they should take responsibility for their role in developing the current policy.

"As I said, the pregnancy clause has never affected a female player's right to sign a contract, and we have never, nor would we ever, discriminate against anyone on those grounds. It has only been about ensuring the safety of our players.

"Despite this, we will continue to focus on ensuring Cricket Australia does the very best for our women players to grow their game and encourage more girls and women to pick up a bat and ball, with their health and safety always at the forefront of everything we do."