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“ZPCA advised ZC that this matter must be attended to as early as possible and accorded the seriousness it deserves, otherwise we will not participate in any ZC organised event”
Zimbabwe Cricket are set to use 25 per cent of the revenue they receive for participating in the World Twenty20 on paying their players for the next 12 months.
The players were quick to reject the board’s suggestion of arbitration since “ZC still has an obligation to convince us that they are still capable of being the custodians of the game of cricket in Zimbabwe and players salaries in particular”.
According to sources, Zimbabwe Cricket will use US$2.225 million of the US$8.9 million they earn from the World Twenty20 to pay their players for the next 12 months.
The Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers Association (ZPCA) stated that it was “shocking and highly unacceptable that ZC has been failing to pay players and staff when they have been getting such huge amounts from ICC”.
The board has also attempted to get the players to sign a Memorandum of Understanding before the end of May, which is when they will discuss new central contracts for the 2014-15 season.
The ZPCA added that none of the players will be going on strike again.
“ZPCA is not engaged in any industrial action,” the ZPCA said via a statement. “Franchise games are underway country wide and the national team is in camp in preparation.
“ZPCA advised ZC that this matter must be attended to as early as possible and accorded the seriousness it deserves, otherwise we will not participate in any ZC organised event.”
Zimbabwe Cricket also pointed out that the players will be breaching their contracts if they do decide to go on strike again since all of them have been paid in full.
“Zimbabwe’s participation at the ICC WT20 tournament was in terms of the current contracts between the ZC and the players and, that with ZC having paid the players all that it owed them, if their action led to ZC breaching its obligation with the ICC to play in the tournament, the players would be liable for the breach and ZC would claim from them any damages occasioned by their conduct,” a statement released by the board said.