Zimbabwe news July 16, 2014

Central contracts for 15 Zimbabwe players

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fifteen Zimbabwe players will be on central contracts for the 2014-15 season. In addition, Zimbabwe Cricket has awarded six players winter contracts that will cover the July-August 2014 period.

Last year, Craig Ervine - who had been Zimbabwe's highest run-scorer across formats in their previous series - opted out of playing the series against Bangladesh after refusing to sign a short-term winter contract. Ervine has not played for Zimbabwe since.

In the release announcing the contract lists, ZC also said the four franchises - Mashonaland Eagles, Matabeleland Tuskers, MidWest Rhinos and Mountaineers - would offer 10 franchise contracts each.

Central contracts: Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva , Tendai Chatara , Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Natsai M'shangwe, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.

Winter contracts: Donald Tiripano, John Nyumbu, Mark Vermeulen, Timycen Maruma, Richmond Mutumbami, Michael Chinouya.

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  • ZCF on July 17, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Malcolm survives to earn a central contract. Pretty sure that's why the contracted players are 15 and not 13 and below. Mpofu,Maruma&Mupariwa will feel hard done by. Kasuza's absence is very worrying. Chari, Kaia, Jongwe, Madziva, Manatsa&Wellington Masakdza some in the A side are the future, but Kasuza has done enough to have been a definite part of the winter contracts, and should've been an A side veteran by now. Nyumbu has gone ahead of quite a number of spinners before proving himself. Whoever is making decisions must have seen something concrete recently, but Mugava's absence from the domestic cricket game,as the next best offie after Utseya, would have contributed to this. I think Tiripano & Chinouya would feel rather offended by someone implying that they are better than Mpofu&Mupariwa! No?

  • Tapiwa Philani on July 17, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Lets hope these lads will deliver and start living to the expectations of the people..Especialy the older guys...they should be having some sense of responsibility

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Things seem to be looking up for ZC. Let's hope the players deliver in the forthcoming tours.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Where is Tino Mutombodzi?

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Happy to see Mark Vermulen again in the side

  • Gul Rahman on July 16, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    When will Zim Cricket Board annace Zim ODI Squad for Afghanistan ODIs games.

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