Williams signs new ZC contract

HARARE – Probably the storm is over and Sean Williams might bounce to the squad for the second Test match against Pakistan after accepting a 12-month contract with Zimbabwe Cricket on Wednesday.

The Matebeleland Tuskers all-rounder opted out of the just ended first Test match that Zimbabwe lost by 221 runs on the final day on Saturday.

Williams sighted that he was not in the best frame of mind to play owing to payment dispute with ZC that almost resulted in a Test boycott.

“I have not pulled out of the Test squad, I pulled out of first Test as I am not ready for it,” Williams told the Daily News last week.

“Mentally I’m not prepared to play in the Test match after what has happened I’m not quitting Zimbabwe Cricket but I’m simply in no state to play the game until issues are resolved.”

On Friday, ZC is said to have honoured its word and paid the players their outstanding balances and Williams hopes that he will be selected to play tomorrow.

If the selectors decide otherwise, he said he would then apply for a leave to play in the Bangladesh’s Premier League (Twenty20) where Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Elton Chigumbura and Charles Coventry featured in last year.

“I signed my contract with ZC on Wednesday but will have to wait to wait on selection to see if I’m playing or not,” Williams told the Daily News at the weekend.

“I have spoken to the coach and if I’m not part of the second Test squad hopefully I will get a leave to play in Bangladesh for a month.

“I’m not sure which team I will be playing for, have only spoken to Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh national team player) so far but the indication is that they wanted me by the first game which is on the 10th of this month.”

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