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Zimbabwe players could boycott T20I tri-series


Cape Town – A potential disaster is on the cards in
Zimbabwe with the national team’s players threatening to boycott next
month’s T20 tri-series against Pakistan and Australia due to unpaid
salaries.

The players are still owed three months’ salary and match fees from
their tour of Sri Lanka last July and have already opted not to train as
a sign of protest.

The cricketers have given Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) until June 25 to
resolve the issue, failing which they will boycott the T20 tri-series
that is set to take place in Harare from July 1.

Zimbabwe are also to due to host Pakistan for five ODIs in Bulawayo
after the tri-series but those matches have not as yet come under the
spotlight.

A ZC spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo: “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.”

ZC have appointed former ICC umpires and referees manager, Vince van der Bijl, as a consultant to the board.

A press release from the board said Van der Bijl 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.”

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