Under-fire Chingoka meets striking players

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Peter Chingoka and his managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa will today hold a meeting with players’ representatives in an effort to resolve the crippling impasse between cricketers and the board.

The country’s cricketers, both national and provincial, are currently on strike over outstanding dues in salaries and bonus.

Long-serving chairman Chingoka on Saturday met with the players’ representatives, but the meeting was deferred to today after the two parties failed to reach an agreement.

The outcome of the meeting today is set to shed more light on whether the domestic league will recommence this weekend as scheduled, or not.

National team captain Brendan Taylor said his teammates are keen to return to training to prepare for March’s ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, but ZC must first fulfil its end of the bargain.

“We feel this has gone on for too long and in the process we have lost lots of valuable practice time and would want to get over it and concentrate on the core business, which is playing cricket, especially considering that we have the World T20 coming up soon,” Taylor told the Daily News yesterday.

“But while we would want to get back to the game as soon as possible, the group’s feeling is that it’s quite difficult for us to do so until ZC have met their end of the bargain. We had a meeting with the chairman on Saturday and will have another one tomorrow, together with the MD (Mukondiwa) as well, and hopefully it will be able to resolve the current crisis and give cricket a lifeline.”

Chingoka, who has once again come under increased pressure to step down after more than 20 years at the helm of ZC, could only say:

“We are trying to work our way through it and we should be in a position to issue a statement once everything is sorted out.”

Comments (3)

Lets get our terminology on describing Chingoka's tenure correct -it should be self-serving not long serving!

saundy - 15 January 2014

Every department is led by an overstayes old goose, what is wrong with Zimbabwe?

Pizza Yese - 15 January 2014

CHINGOKA MUST STEP DOWN. THAT IS DICTATORSHIP. WE WANT BETTER MANAGEMENT

old hose - 17 January 2014

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