Players revolt over unpaid salaries
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.