Zim's domestic cricket league still in limbo

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s domestic cricket league hangs in the balance with indications pointing to an early December kick off, or even early next year.

The country’s premier first-class season, which usually starts in September, was postponed to November 16.

The rescheduled date, however, passed quietly on Saturday with nothing concrete on the ground.

As Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) battles with a financial crisis that has for long ceased to be a secret, there seem to be no end in sight to the game’s woes.

“We are still working on that,” said Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa.

“Hopefully the season will kick off. It depends on a number of factors, but once there’s a green light, we will be able to share it in the public domain.”

The latest development comes as a blow to the national team’s 2014 World Twenty20 preparations. Zimbabwe is expected to be in Bangladesh in March for the tournament.

A number of the country’s national team players have sought refuge in foreign leagues for vital game time.

Among them is captain Brendan Taylor, batsman Hamilton Masakadza and all-rounders Elton Chigumbura and Sean Williams, who are playing in the Bangladesh domestic league.

The majority of players are however taking part in the Harare Metropolitan Province Vigne Cup league, awaiting the start of the franchise league.

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