Cape Town - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) have
announced that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed the
release of funds for the payment of monies owed to current staff and
players, including the players’ match fees.
The payment is part of an initial payment that forms part
of a controlled funding payment plan the full details of which are still
to be completed.
ZC and the ICC are working together to ensure ZC meets the
conditions of the ICC-controlled spending process so that the monthly
cash distributions from the ICC can be finalised.
Payment plan proposals will be discussed and communicated to all outstanding creditors once this process has been concluded.
This brings welcome relief to the current staff and players
and is the first step in the recovery process of cricket in Zimbabwe to
its former health and strength.
The core of the senior men's team have made themselves unavailable
for selection for Zimbabwe until such time as they have been paid owed
salaries and match fees. It remains uncertain when or if those players,
including former skipper Graeme Cremer and wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor,
will return to action for Zimbabwe.
All-rounder Sikandar Raza, one of those to make himself unavailable,
said he was awaiting contact from Zimbabwe Cricket about his future. He
is currently out of contract after terminating his existing deal to play
in the Global T20 Canada after ZC refused to grant a certificate of no
The players may receive their money soon but the fractured
relationship between the senior players and the board may take a lot
longer to patch up.