Mountaineers to pay own players

MUTARE - Manicaland Mountaineers hopes to pay its players as Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) continues to struggle with funding which has delayed domestic cricket games,.

“We are looking for ways to pay our own players… We don’t want to see the local game die. We are trying every way we can to get funding,” Mountaineers Chief Executive John Brent told the Daily News.

Brent said if they could find the funding they would be able to repay the money when their funding from ZC begins to flow in.

The Mountaineers boss explained that the non-payment of players’ salaries by their employer had hindered the team from going into franchise camp and is threatening players’ match fitness in the ICC World Twenty20 set for Bangladesh in March.

“There is a huge risk of injuries. This will have a negative impact both physically and psychologically but we are encouraging to continue to train and practise to keep their fitness up,” Brent said.

With Mountaineers contributing eight players in the 30-member provisional squad announced for the ICC World Twenty20 Brent said their coach Gary Bent had also offered himself to help them train if they need it.

Tuskers this week for a Pro 50 Championship one-day game before a four-day Logan Cup next week.

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