Zimbabwe news September 5, 2013

Sean Williams likely to sign contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

Allrounder Sean Williams has reached an understanding with Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and agreed to sign a contract with the board. ESPNcricinfo has learned that Williams, who had made himself unavailable to play the first Test against Pakistan because of the ongoing payments issue, was satisfied with an offer made to him on Thursday and will commit to the country in future.

Williams told sources close to the team he never planned on turning his back on Zimbabwe and that people had misunderstood his reasons for not playing the first Test. Williams was not on a central contract but a lower-grade one and reportedly had an issue with the exact amount, rather than the non-payment. He is also believed to have secured an offer in the BPL, where many of his team-mates including Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza and Elton Chigumbura already play.

The rest of the Zimbabwe players are expected to receive some money before the second Test against Pakistan, as ZC seeks to prevent the threatened boycott. The newly-formed players' union, of which Williams is a member, remained adamant it would strike if they were not paid their outstanding dues, which include July and August salaries.

Though the players had said before the first Test that if, "even one of us doesn't want to play, we will all not play," they allowed Williams to act unilaterally because the rest of the group agreed to take ZC's word they would be paid. The board has introduced drastic cost-cutting measures, including moving the second Test from Bulawayo to Harare, to be able to foot the bill.

Williams' availability will not guarantee him a place in the starting XI, though he was likely to have played the first match. He is a regular fixture in Zimbabwe's limited-overs side but has only played one Test and the performance of the team in this match may make it difficult to make room for him.

With all the batsmen getting starts in Harare, and Brendan Taylor likely to replace Richmond Mutambami after returning from paternity leave, Williams would have been considered in the place of one of Malcolm Waller, Sikandar Raza or Prosper Utseya. The first two batted well while Utseya had a decent return with the ball. It could give Zimbabwe a welcome selection conundrum for the second Test.

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  • P.BIPULKUMAR on September 8, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Sean Williams should play as an opener irrespective of formats. One of the regular opener should bat at no 3. Brendan Taylor should bat at no 6 with keeping n captaincy . Raza n Malcolm should bat at no 4,5 respectively. In greater prospect , young players have to give the chances of failures. Give more & more chances to the newcomers .

  • dummy4fb on September 6, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    tino mayoyo low on practice can be dropped for williams besides taylor can come in for mutambami and bat on 3 so vuzi and hami can open. so a full strength batting power house can play for zim this batting line up can also play odis and seems a formidable 1 . vuzi hami taylor raza williams waller chigumbura utseya shingi panyangara chatara . as we know utseya and shingi both are all rounders so a little bit of depth in the tail

  • donnao on September 6, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    bringing jarvis back to zim is priority for zim cricket,,,,jarvis,panyangara,chatara + vittori, shingi may become the best pace attack in zim cricket history.......may be one of the best in the world...chatara's accuracy is not less then either mcgrath/ kulasekara/pollock........future is bright for him if he get ZC support...only problem is wide....hope he ll correct it soon...

  • dummy4fb on September 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    There is no doubt in sean william's technique but he just need to be a bit more consistent.He showed his skills and how dangerous he can be,when he is playing confidently,in the first odi against pakistan.A bit more development in the mental aspect of his game,then you are talking about another grand flower for zimbabwe...

  • house_of_stone on September 5, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    I think there is almost a case for including him as an opener, depending on how Mawoyo fairs in the second innings. A right left hand opening combination always helps in knocking bowlers off their lengths early on and from what I have seen he has certainly got the character and skill to be successful. Bring Taylor in for Mutumbani as that will definitely strengthen the batting line up but Taylor seriously needs to work on his glove work as it is not up to scratch. There are still 2 days to go in this test though and the above two might do something special and make it impossible to drop them.

    Am pleasantly surprised by this performance by Zim and touch wood it's not a flash in the pan. This does however make the fact that the Sri Lanka series potentially been cancelled even more disappointing, especially the tests, because if Zim are to improve this is exactly what they need more matches against quality teams.

    Why not save on the overheads and base the entire SL series in Bulawayo?

  • grahaam on September 5, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    His bowling needs to used more to develop,with this he will be a real asset , he should not have to be made accountable for his actions over this matter, indeed the this incident would have never occurred had he been born and represented any other test playing nation.

  • ZCFOutkast on September 5, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    There's no denying that the boy is quality. That fact has been evident ever since he made his debut for Zimbabwe. The added bonus for me is that plays for the franchise I support Matabeleland(Tuskers). His availability is in the interests of us maintaining our dominance of the Logan Cup so I'm happy to see him commit to ZC.

    On the international front it's important to make him accountable for his flip-flopping. This is not he first time Sean has done this - not just to Zimbabwe, but our franchise as well. The Tuskers put faith in him and gave him an opportunity last season ahead of other deserving players, and his good returns catapulted him to Zimbabwe again. His showing for us in the WI Test was underwhelming, and his overall ODI&T20 performances this year have been decent. But in between he's shown his class.

    For me Malcolm has done enough, so Williams will have to wait his turn behind him&Raza: Tino,Vusi,Hami(c),Taylor,Malcolm,Elton,Mutumbami(wk),Utseya,Shingi,Panyangara,Chatara.

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