Zimbabwe news February 13, 2014

Zimbabwe strike over after ZC procures funds

Zimbabwe's cricketers have agreed to call off their player strike, almost two months after the boycott began. ESPNcricinfo has learned Zimbabwe Cricket has obtained the funds to pay outstanding salaries, and players will be compensated at the earliest opportunity.

Elias Zvimba, the newly appointed secretary-general of Zimbabwe's six-month-old player association, confirmed the strike was off when he told the Daily News, "We can say the strike is now a thing of the past. As soon as all the players get their money in their accounts, ZC now have right to call those players for camp, and all the leagues as well should start as soon as possible because everyone will have been capacitated to come for work. There's no need to keep worrying about the strike."

"Players are training hard and on Monday we should be back as a squad again," captain Brendan Taylor said. "We hope payments will clear tomorrow."

In preparation for the World Twenty20, Zimbabwe's cricketers will start practice matches on Monday. There has been no confirmation if the domestic T20 tournament, which was due to begin on February 10 but was postponed because of the ongoing strike, will kick off before the tournament in Bangladesh. ZC will only work on a new schedule once the players have received the money in their bank accounts.

Although Zimbabwe's players are expecting to receive their dues from November to February, Zvimbi said they were also being careful to assess whether fees will be paid in future, because if they are not it could lead to another protest. "What we are looking at now is the way forward, whether we are going to get something in March or we are going to face the same situation again. We'll try to engage them (ZC) and find out what contingent plans are in place."

The domestic T20 competition was supposed to start this Monday, but the players refused to end their strike until they were paid. ZC, struggling to keep its sponsorship in tact, asked the ICC for a loan that would add to the US$ 18 million it owes the ICC. It is not clear where the funds have been procured from, but ICC is the likely benefactor.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • ZCF on February 14, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    @Brian_Murphy no need for backpay. My 17 employees all get paid on time. Naturally I pay myself on time as well, plus an added bonus for defending&presenting truths against the unfairly maligned Zimbabwe&its people along with their institutions including sports. The fact that what I say is not consistent with the falsehoods&demonisation campaigns by the criminally privileged few who have internet access and some gripe with ZC, does not make me a spin doctor.

    On the contrary, it would be fair to say that whoever it is, has consciously or unconsciously assembled a fairly good army of spin doctors to tell a nonexistent story. If I'm not mistaken ZIM has been crumbling(into Somalia), as well as ZC(into Kenya) for the last 16&12 years respectively. Meanwhile all I see is "still the best educated country in Africa", "among the highest growth in Africa with investors flocking in despite indegenisation laws", as well as Pakistan being thumped by Hami&his boys!

    So who's the spin doctor Brian?

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    @ZCFOutcast.....have you received your backpay ?? It must be nice being the semi official ZC spin doctor !! How long until ZC messes it all up again...my bet is not more than 12 months...watch this space.

  • Graham on February 13, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    I yjink ZC are very fortunate if they geta away with this, it is common Knowledge that outstanding wages go a long way further back than the time we are discussing here, It is hopefully just in time for the team to prepare and perform favourably in the up and coming international tournament, The future could well be mapped out tomorrow when Zim u19 play Canada in a competitive match, The boys led by Malcolm Lake had 2 warm up games , defeating Australia and then being hammered by UAE !! For ZIM to keep test status against the "rising tide" a demonstration of strength and depth must be evident , therefore more rests with the U19 team than is generally realised .

  • Eugene on February 13, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    What stupid reasoning. The players went on strike in November because they weren't getting paid, not because they couldn't be bothered. ZC shouldn't escape their initial responsibilities of paying the players in the November-February period just because they can't manage money. And don't forget there is still money from before November from games that have already been played that ZC still haven't paid to the players.

  • Francois on February 13, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Not so fast, first wait for it to clear in the bank.

  • ZCF on February 13, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Well done ZC. Better late than never. Many thanks to the ICC. If only the players had been a bit more patient this week and put their cricket careers ahead! As for training hard we'll judge based on the results on the field of play since the players chose to train but not compete the whole time!

    What I don't understand is the mention of dues from Nov-Feb. This money should be backpay for what was owing until before the start of the 2013-2014 season. No work no pay! Those initial Franchise contracts and the section of the season not honoured should've been considered null and void. Understandably those players who did turn up for some of the games(most of them not contracted) deserve compensation, but those funds should be saved for when players have actually worked by scoring runs and collecting wickets which count towards FC records which the franchise system is essentially designed for. If the players are being paid irrespective, then Chingoka&Co must be fired.

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