Zimbabwe cricket team © AFP
Zimbabwe cricket team © AFP

The crisis between Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and players has reached a new low. According to recent reports, Zimbabwe national players have asked the board to provide clarity over non-payment of their salaries. They have threatened the board of boycotting upcoming triangular series against Australia and Pakistan, further putting the economics of the board for a toss. According to cricbuzz, a letter written to Ministry of Sport and ICC, the players have asked as undertaking in written of when will their payments be settled. They are yet to receive match fees for their Sri Lanka tour of July 2017 and for the last few months.

The letter read: “There has been no lawful explanation, or justification, whatsoever as to why these amounts are outstanding, and more importantly, when exactly the said amounts, many months in arrears, will be paid. The stance adopted by ZC is unprofessional, unconscionable and indicative of serious underlying governance and financial management shortcomings impacting on the solvency and going-concern status of Zimbabwe Cricket.

“Each of our clients demand written undertaking, on or before 12 noon, Wednesday 16th May 2018, from Zimbabwe Cricket as to precisely when all amounts due and payable to them shall be paid in full. Failure to do so will, apart from our clients pursuing such legal remedies as may be available to them, place into serious jeopardy the upcoming Triangular Series in July 2018.”

One of the main reasons for non-payment was ICC’s refusal to pay in advance as per Zimbabwe Cricket’s request. However, ICC is expected to shell out money to ZC in July.