Play­ers re­volt over un­paid salaries

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Zimbabwe cricket was thrown into tur­moil with play­ers threat­en­ing to go on strike over un­paid dues on the eve of the third and de­ci­sive one- day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) against Pak­istan. The play­ers did not re­port for train­ing, cast­ing a cloud of doubt over the game to­day, with the teams locked 1-1 in the se­ries. Zimbabwe beat Pak­istan for the first time in 15 years but were a poor shadow of that in the sec­ond ODI where they lost by 90 runs on Thurs­day. Re­ports com­ing out of Harare said that the new play­ers’ union has de­cided on the strike call but also were con­tem­plat­ing a sec­ond course of ac­tion, sit­ting out the two Test games that fol­low the one-day­ers.

The play­ers formed the union at the start of the se­ries af­ter they were not paid for July.

Zimbabwe Cricket had as­sured the play­ers that the money would reach them by yes­ter­day.

The play­ers have now re­port­edly is­sued an ul­ti­ma­tum to the board to pay up by Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Cricinfo, a player, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity, said the fi­nal call to play in the fi­nal ODI will be taken this morn­ing and even if one player de­cides against it, the en­tire team will not play be­cause “we are stick­ing to­gether”.

De­spite the re­ver­sal in the sec­ond game, Zimbabwe have done well to test Pak­istan with the bats­men hav­ing not al­lowed se­nior bowlers, such as Saeed Aj­mal and Shahid Afridi, to dom­i­nate them as was ex­pected.

The Pak­istan bat­ting or­der has also not fired yet with only Mo­ham­mad Hafeez and the cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq among the runs, thus lend­ing hope to the hosts for win­ning their first se­ries against a top-level side since 2001, when they beat New Zealand.

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