Zim Cricket suspension leaves national team fighting against each other

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Zimbabwe cricket national team is on the verge of collapse with Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza Thursday hitting out at senior players Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza as the effects of Zimbabwe Cricket’s suspension turns ugly.

Zimbabwe cricket national team is on the verge of collapse with Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza Thursday hitting out at senior players Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza as the effects of Zimbabwe Cricket’s suspension turn ugly.

This comes as Taylor and Raza have been on a crusade backing the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC)’s move to suspend the Zimbabwe Cricket Board.

Masakadza termed the pairs’ actions as “divisive” adding that their  actions have been of their own personal ends and have at no time been speaking for the team.

Zimbabwe cricket players are torn between two distinct camps — with some players batting in the corner of the SRC and some in the corner of the suspended board

In a letter to Sports minister Kirsty Coventry, Masakadza noted that the team was now deeply divided but maintained as captain he still spoke on behalf of the Chevrons.

“I wish to have it on record that our meeting last week was the first official communication by the Zimbabwe senior men’s team since the suspension of the ZC board by the SRC,” Masakadza wrote.

“I am doing this because it has come to my attention that there are some players who have been making statements saying they are speaking on behalf of the team. Their actions are divisive and in fact compromised change-room harmony during our tour of Netherlands and Ireland.”

He added: “As the Zimbabwe senior men’s cricket team captain, I also dissociate the team from the actions of those players who were seen at the ICC meeting in London. They were clearly there for their own ends as they had not been sent by the team and so could not have been representing it.”

Meanwhile, Masakadza appealed for Coventry to urgently intervene following Zimbabwe’s suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and reinstate the suspended board so that cricket can go on.

“I presume you are aware that, as a result of suspension, ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has been frozen and representative teams and players from Zimbabwe have been barred from participating in all ICC-sanctioned events,” he wrote.

Masakadza added that the national women’s team tour to Netherlands and Ireland was cancelled because there was no money for airfares and allowances.

Four women players, as well as their coach, who had been chosen to be part of a global development squad were barred from travelling to the United Kingdom for the ICC programme, Masakadza noted.

“Yet, at this stage the whole issue has regrettably been reduced to a contest of who has the strongest argument or who has the power, when what is at stake are human lives and the very future of the game,” Masakadza said.

Honourable Minister, what is at stake are the lives of hundreds of ZC employees: cricketers – male and female – match officials, groundsmen, security guards, general hands, the secretariat and the executive.

“Right now, they are struggling because they are yet to receive their June salaries. Soon it will be end of July and that will make it two months without pay.”

The ICC has since deliberated on the matter and was of the “unanimous view that the above acts, as well as the full terms of the SRC resolution, removing the democratically elected Board of the Zimbabwe Cricket are acts of government interference.”

“The ICC Board also unanimously resolved that, until otherwise decided by the ICC Board, ZC’s membership of the ICC is suspended with effect from 18 July 2019,” the ICC said in a letter to ZC earlier this week.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this means (a) (b) (c) (d) and includes that, for the period of such suspension, ZC: is deprived of all its rights as a member of ICC; shall not receive any distribution of surplus from ICC revenues; will have no rights to participate in any ICC Events or Cricket sanctioned by the ICC; will have no rights to attend or vote at any meetings,” ICC added.

The ICC said should Zimbabwe wish the ICC to reconsider its suspension, it is required to take all relevant steps to that the Board of Zimbabwe Cricket elected on 14 June 2019 is unconditionally reinstated

Zim Cricket suspension leaves national team fighting against each other

Zimbabwe cricket national team is on the verge of collapse with Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza Thursday hitting out at senior players Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza as the effects of Zimbabwe Cricket’s suspension turns ugly.

This comes as Taylor and Raza have been on a crusade backing the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC)’s move to suspend the Zimbabwe Cricket Board.

Masakadza termed the pairs’ actions as “divisive” adding their actions have been of their own personal ends and have at no time been speaking for the team.

Zimbabwe cricket players are torn between two distinct camps — with some players batting in the corner of the SRC and some in the corner of the suspended board

In a letter to Sports minister Kirsty Coventry, Masakadza noted that the team was now deeply divided but maintained as captain he still spoke on behalf of the Chevrons.

“I wish to have it on record that our meeting last week was the first official communication by the Zimbabwe senior men’s team since the suspension of the ZC board by the SRC,” Masakadza wrote.

“I am doing this because it has come to my attention that there are some players who have been making statements saying they are speaking on behalf of the team. Their actions are divisive and in fact compromised change-room harmony during our tour of Netherlands and Ireland.”

He added: “As the Zimbabwe senior men’s cricket team captain, I also dissociate the team from the actions of those players who were seen at the ICC meeting in London. They were clearly there for their own ends as they had not been sent by the team and so could not have been representing it.”

Turning to the way forward, Masakadza appealed to Coventry urgently intervene following Zimbabwe’s suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and reinstate the suspended board so that cricket can go on.

“I presume you are aware that, as a result of suspension, ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has been frozen and representative teams and players from Zimbabwe have been barred from participating in all ICC-sanctioned events,” he wrote.

Masakadza added that the national women’s team tour to Netherlands and Ireland was cancelled because there was no money for airfares and allowances.

Four women players, as well as their coach, who had been chosen to be part of a global development squad were barred from travelling to the United Kingdom for the ICC programme, Masakadza noted

“Yet, at this stage the whole issue has regrettably been reduced to a contest of who has the strongest argument or who has the power, when what is at stake are human lives and the very future of the game,” Masakadza said.

“Honourable Minister, what is at stake are the lives of hundreds of ZC employees: cricketers – male and female – match officials, groundsmen, security guards, general hands, the secretariat and the executive.

“Right now, they are struggling because they are yet to receive their June salaries. Soon it will be end of July and that will make it two months without pay.”

The ICC has since deliberated on the matter and was of the “unanimous view that the above acts, as well as the full terms of the SRC resolution, removing the democratically elected Board of the Zimbabwe Cricket are acts of government interference.”

“The ICC Board also unanimously resolved that, until otherwise decided by the ICC Board, ZC’s membership of the ICC is suspended with effect from 18 July 2019,” the ICC said in a letter to ZC earlier this week.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this means (a) (b) (c) (d) and includes that, for the period of such suspension, ZC: is deprived of all its rights as a member of ICC; shall not receive any distribution of surplus from ICC revenues; will have no rights to participate in any ICC Events or Cricket sanctioned by the ICC; will have no rights to attend or vote at any meetings,” ICC added.

The ICC said should Zimbabwe wish the ICC to reconsider its suspension, it is required to take all relevant steps to that the Board of Zimbabwe Cricket elected on 14 June 2019 is unconditionally reinstated

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