Zimbabwe news February 4, 2014

Zimbabwe set to restart domestic T20s on Feb 10

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe aim to resume domestic cricket in the country on February 10, ending a nearly two-month-long strike with the recommencement of their 20-overs tournament. February 10 is also the day the players expect to be paid their outstanding salaries. The players were assured they would be paid in full, after which they could start their preparation for the World T20.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor had tweeted on Monday night: "Finally we start training together tomorrow! Don't worry a lot of individual training has taken place since the beginning of the year." Coach Andy Waller also told AP that the national squad will gather on Tuesday for fielding practice and fitness tests after agreeing to end the boycott.

"Obviously I'm relieved that at least we can get on with the core business," Waller said. "We are starting training tomorrow [Tuesday] as a squad. We lost quite a substantial amount of time that we could have used to work on a few areas, but we've still got six weeks [to the World T20], which can give us plenty of time to prepare."

A meeting was held on Friday between the players, technical staff and Zimbabwe Cricket officials to resolve the issues prompting the strike, which put Zimbabwe's cricket on hold. ZC has also asked the ICC for a loan to compensate the players, support staff and conduct matches, even though their debt has swollen to US$18 million.

Zimbabwe last played international cricket in September, against Pakistan, and then had series against Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and a one-off Test against South Africa cancelled due to lack of funds and the players' boycott. The last domestic matches played in Zimbabwe were in mid-December before the players decided to go strike.

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  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Zimbabwe are a basket case, they just lurch from one crisis to the next. Mismanagement and too small a player pool means they will never get anywhere.

    They should be demoted to associate level and replaced by Afghanistan who have more potential [if they ever stop having a civil war].

    It would be pointless replacing them with Ireland as long as England keep stealing any talent they have, then dropping them after a handful of matches.

  • Graham on February 4, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    It is interesting that people as far back as Andy Blignaut had wages claims from ZC ,Does anyone know if these debts are all going to be settled or is it the privilege of the current players only?

  • Graham on February 4, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Have to Agree with you guys, this is not the end of strife for Cricketers in Zimbabwe...

  • TholletBeura on February 4, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    I wonder how long it will last till the players go on another strike again

  • Ashok on February 4, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Great news. One only hopes Zimbabwe go from strength to strength.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Any bets as to how long before the ZC brings it all to its' knees again ???

  • Tichadi on February 4, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Welcome back Zimbos!!! You finally getting paid now you need to repay the fans and dominate this World cup qualification matches.

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