ICC gives Zimbabwe rebels deadline

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Zimbabwe's rebel cricketers have until Wednesday to agree to the International Cricket Council's plan for arbitration

ICC gives Zimbabwe rebels deadline

London : Zimbabwe's rebel cricketers have until Wednesday to agree to the International Cricket Council's plan for arbitration in their dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union. On Wednesday the ZCU agreed to the ICC's offer to set up a three-man tribunal, sitting in Zimbabwe, in a bid to end the crisis that has plagued Zimbabwe cricket for several months. One member would be nominated by the ZCU, the other by the players, and the third, the chairman, by these two people. In April the ZCU sacked then Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak after the fast bowler, now at English county Warwickshire, accused the board of making some team selections based on race rather than merit. When his colleagues tried but failed to get Streak reinstated they went on strike in protest. That led the ZCU to sack a total of 15 senior players, all white, a massive loss for a country with an already small pool of cricketers to choose from. During ICC's executive board meeting, at its Lord's headquarters, on June 30 the governing body told both the ZCU and the players that they had 14 days to agree to their three-man arbitration system. (AFP)

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