ZC crisis affects T20

Doubts continued to linger early this week on when Zimbabwe would finally be able to start fulfilling its cricket commitments due to the continued strike by players. The strike has already affected the T20 tournament, which failed to kick-off last week, as players continued to protest the non-payment of their salaries.

Zimbabwe Cricket had announced that the 2013-2014season would commence with T20 matches last week, after several false starts since late last year, when players resorted to industrial action after failure by Zimbabwe Cricket to pay them.

Mountaineers chief executive, John Brent, told The Zimbabwean they had been told the cricket mother body was still trying to resolve the matter and rescue the situation.

“We thought they (ZC) would resolve the situation at the earliest time possible, but so far they have not,” he said. “I really do not know when we will start playing, since all the players are still on strike, but we have been told something is being done. We have started training, but we expect the mother body to announce the actual dates when they will be able to release the funding. Everything rests with Zimbabwe Cricket and we are all waiting to hear from them on the way forward,” said Brent.

Zimbabwe Cricket plunged headlong into crisis after it failed to pay players’ salaries, resulting in humiliating industrial action as players refused to take to the field of play in some domestic franchise matches that were supposed to be played just before the Christmas and New Year’s holidays last year.

Repeated efforts to get an official comment were fruitless as spokesperson Lovemore Banda’s mobile number was unreachable.

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