Zimbabwe players to boycott domestic matches over non-payment of dues

Updated: 14 December 2013 17:13 IST

According to reports, players on national contracts have not received their salaries for the last four months. They have given Zimbabwe Cricket until December 15 to pay up.

Zimbabwe cricketers, on national and domestic contracts, have decided to boycott domestic matches unless their dues are paid, according to a report in ESPNcricinfo. It is believed that the players on national contracts have not received their salaries for the last four months, while payments to players on domestic contracts had been delayed by two months. The players have given Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) until December 15 to pay up.

The players have decided not to participate in the forthcoming round of the Logan Cup, Zimbabwe's domestic first-class competition, which is scheduled to begin before the Christmas break. They will travel to the venues of the matches but will not take the field unless their salaries are paid.

Bangladesh, India and Pakistan all visited Zimbabwe between April and September this year. The series against Bangladesh and Pakistan consisted of two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s each. The India series consisted of just five ODIs but provided Zimbabwe with a much-needed cash boost. There has been no cricket in Zimbabwe since Pakistan's visit in September. A planned visit by Sri Lanka in October was postponed on Zimbabwe's request due to a lack of funds. It has been reported that the national cricket governing body has asked the International Cricket Council for a loan of USD 3 million.

Originally scheduled to start in November, domestic tournaments in Zimbabwe were delayed while the Board tried to secure funding. Ultimately, the tournaments were held without any sponsors.

Topics : Cricket Zimbabwe
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