ZC pleads with players
15 June 2018
ZIMBABWE Cricket yesterday offered disgruntled players to clear outstanding monies by end of July as efforts to avert a crippling strike continue.
In a communication to all players yesterday, ZC consultant Vince van der Bijl pleaded with the players to bear with them as they address the current cash flow crisis. The ZC’s commitment is to clear all outstanding monies up to June salaries by July 25.
As ZC have been scrambling to salvage the upcoming series involving Australia and Pakistan, former captain Brendan Taylor has allegedly been mobilising the players to fight the board.
Although he is not the team captain and boycotted current matches, this week he was mobilising players to form an association to fight their battles with the ZC leadership.
In a communication to the players, Taylor suggested they stood a strong chance of winning against the ZC board as they are getting help from top lawyer, Gerald Mlotshwa and in the process name dropping the President.
“Gerard Mlotshwa wants to meet every player tomorrow morning at HSC. I’m told there is not enough education and discussion regarding our association. Well now is your chance to hear it from the man himself.
“Let me stress, this is an extremely powerful man who wants to help ever player in the country for FREE!
“If we wanted a high powered Lawyer he would charge $2000 an hour. He is related to the President and is in constant communication with the President and they are very serious about the future of Zimbabwe Cricket.
“The association is there to protect every player and we the only Test playing country without one.
“Can I urge every contracted player in Harare meet at HSC 10am tomorrow? I suggest you make time for this meeting. It is not compulsory but if you don’t attend that says you are clearly happy not being paid and are confident in the current board that are playing with your futures. Come on boys our careers are hanging by a thread, you need to trust me on this. If you don’t I don’t give a shi.. but one thing is for sure. I know I’m right on this.
Currently the Chevrons are preparing for a T20I tri-series involving Australia and Pakistan from July 1-8 in Harare and an ODI series against Pakistan from July 13-22 in Bulawayo.
However, preparations for the Australia-Pakistan series have been negated with the absence of several players in Brendan Taylor, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Williams, Peter Moor and Ryan Burl.
These players had been selected in the two Zimbabwean sides, Select and Board XI, playing against Kenya in the ongoing T20 tournament but, according to a mole privy to ongoings, took a stand protesting over outstanding salaries and match fees.
On Tuesday, some of these boycotting players parked outside Old Hararians and observed play through the fence.
And on Wednesday, the boycotting players came through to Old Hararians, met ZC consultant Vince van der Bijl where a meeting ensued involving the rest of the players.
But indications are the boycotting players weren’t motivated by the outcome as only wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Murray left the group and played for Zimbabwe Board XI against Kenya on Wednesday scoring a 16-ball 23.
For ZC selectors in Walter Chawaguta, Kenyon Ziehl and Prosper Utseya, this is probably a 22-catch situation.