Pak tour of Zim to go ahead despite ZC player standoff
Islamabad: Pakistan`s tour of Zimbabwe including two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s will go ahead as planned, even as a brief stand-off between Zimbabwe`s cricketers and the association over unpaid wages and the value of future contracts ensued recently.
According to The Daily Times, with central contracts due to expire at the end of August, midway through Pakistan`s visit, Zimbabwe`s players requested improvements in match fees to put them in line with other international sides and threatened to boycott the games against Pakistan unless their conditions were met.
However, a group of senior players, including captain Brendan Taylor, met with ZC managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa on Friday and agreed to resume training pending further discussions, the report said.
Taylor said that the players understood that the financial situation was very bleak and the most important thing at the moment was the Pakistan tour.
Despite earning a healthy profit from India`s recent visit to the country, Zimbabwe Cricket remains heavily in debt with loans totaling more than 15 million dollars, the report added.