[caption id="attachment_735434" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-735434" alt="Zimbabwe Cricket ICC funding" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Zimbabwe-cricket.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> The sorry state of Zimbabwe cricket is likely to continue AFP (file photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/zimbabwe-cricket" target="_blank">Zimbabwe Cricket</a> (ZC) has announced they will not renew contracts of "almost all" staff members following a "financial reconstruction" of the organisation. The board, however, assured that the players' contract will be reviewed and agreed by the next week, according to a report on <em>ESPNCricinfo</em>. "These are tough times and tough decisions are required to preserve cricket in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/zimbabwe" target="_blank">Zimbabwe</a>," ran a ZC release. <p></p> <p></p>However, five senior cricketers <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/brendan-taylor" target="_blank">Brendan Taylor</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/graeme-cremer" target="_blank">Graeme Cremer</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sikandar-raza" target="_blank">Sikandar Raza</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/craig-ervine" target="_blank">Craig Ervine</a>, and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sean-williams" target="_blank">Sean Williams</a> did not feature in the T20 triangular series, also featuring Australia and Pakistan, and the five-match ODI series against Pakistan, all at home. Hamilton Masakadza led Zimbabwe in what turned out to be a month-long hammering for the hosts. Of the five, Taylor had announced that he will be "getting back to work" once payments are made. <p></p> <p></p>This "financial reconstruction" is probably a direct outcome of an <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc" target="_blank">ICC</a> announcement in June. While ICC had promised financial aid to counter over-expenditure and debt (this included payment of paying player salaries last month), they will not longer receive the two annual payouts, a privilege enjoyed by other members. <p></p> <p></p>Zimbabwe will next play three ODIs and three T20s against South Africa in end-September.