Zim crick­eters refuse to come back home

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Soccer Cricket Sport - Mehluli Sibanda Se­nior Sports Re­porter

NINE lo­cal crick­eters who are play­ing in the Sh­pageeza Twenty20 Cricket League in Kabul, Afghanistan have re­fused to re­turn home as they be­lieve that they are safe in the war torn Asian coun­try.

Zim­babwe Cricket an­nounced last Wed­nes­day that they had asked all lo­cal play­ers to im­me­di­ately re­turn home from Afghanistan af­ter a sui­cide bomb blast out­side a sta­dium where some of them were play­ing a match.

The or­der from ZC fell on deaf ears de­spite the na­tional gov­ern­ing body hav­ing been the one which is­sued the play­ers with the No Ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cates which al­lowed them to play in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan league started on 11 Septem­ber and con­cludes on Fri­day. Hamil­ton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Sikan­dar Raza, Vusumuzi Sibanda, El­ton Chigum­bura, Richard Ngar­ava, Ryan Burl, Rich­mond Mu­tum­bami and Tendai Chisoro are the Zim­babwe crick­eters in Afghanistan.

ZC chair­man Tavengwa Mukuh­lani yes­ter­day said they were pow­er­less to act be­cause some of the lo­cal crick­eters in Afghanistan are not con­tracted. He in­di­cated that the Sports and Recre­ation have been alerted from the be­gin­ning when the play­ers went to Afghanistan.

With the play­ers adamant that they are safe, ZC have asked the Afghanistan Govern­ment to write to their Zim­bab­wean coun­ter­parts to guar­an­tee the safety of the crick­eters.

“The SRC does not gov­ern move­ment of in­di­vid­u­als, they only gov­ern na­tional teams. SRC is fully aware of what is hap­pen­ing. On our part as the gov­ern­ing body we have in­formed the SRC. Play­ers such as Vusi Sibanda and El­ton Chigum­bura are not con­tracted. We can’t tell peo­ple who are out of con­tract to come back; we can’t deny crick­eters an op­por­tu­nity to earn a liv­ing be­cause we have no power over play­ers with no con­tracts. We have asked the Afghanistan Govern­ment to write to our Govern­ment which has the power to tell its cit­i­zens to come back home,’’ Mukuh­lani said.

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