Zimbabwean players have given threat to boycott upcoming T20I tri-series with Australia and Pakistan at home. They have given an ultimatum to Zimbabwe Cricket to play them by June 25.
Zimbabwe players claimed that they have been waiting for payments since last July’s Sri Lanka tour.
The tri-series was scheduled to start on July 1 with the final to be played on July 8. According to FTP (Future Tours Programme), Australia were supposed to play Tests and ODIs in Zimbabwe but it was later converted to T20I tri-series alongside Pakistan, who are due to play five ODIs after the T20Is.
Zimbabwe hosted the World Cup Qualifiers in March where the hosts could not go through. ZC are expected to get payout from ICC in July but that could be too late. However, a ZC spokesperson has said that the situation is in control.
“Due to a very difficult financial situation beyond its control, ZC has been unable to meet some of its obligations, including paying player and staff salaries in time. However, because this is a matter of top priority, ZC has been working round the clock to address the challenge and, as promised to the players by our chairman, ZC expects to start processing payments this week,” he said according to ESPNcricinfo.
On Monday night, ZC announced that Vintcent van der Bijl, a South African, has been appointed as consultant with immediate effect.
“He will assist ZC in all cricket matters, working closely with the board, the executive and national team management to map out a positive, constructive path forward,” ZC said in a statement. “The move … is part of a major initiative by ZC to restructure its domestic and international cricket.”
ZC sacked its captain Graeme Cremer, whole coaching staff and also the selector for not qualifying for World Cup 2019. Lalchand Rajput was recently appointed as interim head coach.
The governing body was hit by another blow last month when managing director Faisal Hasnain resigned from his post just a year after his appointment. During his stay, Zimbabwe got Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis back, who went to England on Kolpak deals.