In a meeting in Harare last night to look at the resumption, it was agreed that the 18th of January is not feasible because the players, who have been on strike as well as a long christmas break, need time to work on their fitness and match-preparedness.
Zimbabwe Cricket officials told the meeting of the efforts that they are making to raise the money to pay the outstanding salaries and match fees. In response, the players’ representative Eliah Zvimba said the players are focusing on preparing for the resumption of the domestic league and possible selection into the Zimbabwe squad for the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh starting in March.
Urging ZC to ensure that its efforts bear fruit as early as possible, Zvimba emphasised to the players the need to maintain their focus on preparing for the resumption of the season so that the fund-raising efforts continue unhindered and the season begins on a competitive note.
“The ZC board and management remain engaged in strenuous efforts with local and international partners to raise the money to pay all our outstanding obligations,” said the ZC chairman Peter Chingoka.
“The players are committed to their game. They are serious about their careers and will keep preparing for the resumption of the domestic season while I continue talks with ZC,” said Zvimba.
The appointment of Zvimba by the players brings communication between them and ZC on par with international best practice.
Zvimba, a practising umpire, is former managing director of Zimbabwe Indoor Cricket. He is a renowned labour practitioner who will advise and guide the players on their labour-related issues, aided by his cricket background.Post published in: Cricket