Zimbabwe Cricket to cut cricketers’ salaries
Zimbabwe cricket’s governing body are set to cut their cricketers’ salaries as the national board has been running with financial crisis.
Reducing players’ salaries is one of the steps to minimize costs.
During the second Test against Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani hoped the cricketers will accept the move as it is necessary for survival.
“It’s an on-going process,” Mukuhlani said although he did not hint about the amount of money to be cut in the process. “But yes, we will have to cut back. It can’t be business as usual.
“Obviously it’s a bit of a touchy subject. But I will assume that everyone will accept it. We will rather make sacrifices today and survive tomorrow. It’s bring and take, a bargaining process.”
Zimbabwe cricket have long been running in economical problems. Previously cricketers went passed several months without any payment. Threats of strikes also grown in different times. Many of their cricketers either retired or left the country in search for overseas careers.
The crisis deepened following the country’s suspension from international competitions last year on account of government interference. The board was also dissolved over allegations of corruptions. The International Cricket Council (ICC) also stopped its funding to Zimbabwe during the suspension. The country received a a main grant of $94 million from cricket’s world governing body for an eight-year period from 2017.
However, the ban was lifted in October, 2019 after Zimbabwe government backed off, allowing the team to play again.
After three years, Zimbabwe has returned to play Test cricket and in the two-match series against Sri Lanka, the African nation is showing utmost competitiveness.