Zimbabwe cricketers threaten to boycott third ODI against Pakistan

Zimbabwean cricketers owes around $3,000 as bonuses of winning the Bangladesh series © Getty Images

Aug 30, 2013
Zimbabwean cricketers threatened to boycott the third One-Day International against Pakistan after denying to practice on Friday morning. The players are boycotting after the issue over unpaid salaries and allowances.
The cricketers were told that they would receive their salaries and bonuses from the tour of Bangladesh by August 28. However, that was not met by Friday morning.
Captain Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Prosper Utseya, Elton Chigumbura and Vusi Sibanda along with others informed the cricket board that they won’t prepare until their needs were met.
Speaking to Independenet Sport, a player who chose to be not named, said, “ZC came up with these dates [for payment] and not us, but today is the 30th and still nothing has been done. The managing director [Mukondiwa] was told in the morning that there would be no training or match tomorrow if we are not paid. We have also written a letter and we are awaiting a response.”
Each of the cricketers owe around $3,000 as bonuses of winning the Bangladesh series.
Earlier, series against Sri Lanka at home was postponed after the cricket board requested.
The third ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe is crucial as it will give the host nation an opportunity to win against a Test nation other than Bangladesh.
The host nation won the first ODI by seven wickets and lost the second by 90 runs on Thursday.

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