Tony Abbott has announced a hardline stance on residency that he says will return Australian cricket to its Howard era heyday.
Under the Abbott plan, any underperforming Australian cricketer will be denied residency, stripped of their right of appeal and deported.
“This is our country and we determine who can play cricket for us,” said Mr Abbott.
Abbott insisted that Australians had had enough of the Labor era incompetence that had seen the nation’s cricket squad flooded with underperformers and, in the case of Fawad Ahmed, a refugee.
“Lawyers will say it can’t be done, the Government will say it can’t be done, everyone will say it can’t be done. But we’re not going to give up on this.”
The move has stunned some cricket lovers.
Graham Myrtleson is a fifth generation test cricket watcher.
“When Tony Abbott said that he was going to treat asylum seekers like Jews, I thought it seemed fair enough. But now he’s talking about doing the same thing to cricketers, who are real people like you and me.”
Although the thought of Shane Watson being detained offshore is enticing, Mr Myrtleson says that he will be voting for Labor at the coming Federal election.
“I’m a traditionalist at heart and prefer cricketers to be dismissed by other cricketers, not the government.”