ZC finally receive ICC funds, players call off strike

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket yesterday received its loan of $3 million from the International Cricket Council (ICC), ending a two-month strike that threatened the country’s participation at next month’s ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Players went back on strike on Monday, boycotting the start of a domestic Twenty20 competition after payments promised by the national board to end a two-month stand-off weren't received.

Upon receiving the funds yesterday, ZC immediately deposited owed dues into the different bank accounts.

Eliah Zvimba, secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers Association, said the players will resume camp as soon as they all get paid.

"We can say the strike is now a thing of the past," Zvimba told the Daily News yesterday.

"As soon as all the players get their money in their accounts, ZC now have right to call those players for camp and all the leagues as well should start as soon as possible because everyone will have been capacitated to come for work. There’s no need to keep worrying about the strike."

The labour practitioner and trained umpire said he intends to engage ZC on the way forward regarding March salaries, lest a repeat of the last few months is witnessed.

"What we are looking at now is the way forward, whether we are going to get something in March or we are going to face the same situation again," he added.

"We'll try to engage them (ZC) and find out what contingent plans are in place.”

Meanwhile, ZC spokesperson Lovemore Banda said they will re-work on a new schedule once the players confirm receipt of their wages.

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