Accept ICC bail-out plan: ZPCA

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers Association (ZPCA) has criticised Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) for turning down an International Cricket Council (ICC) bail-out plan designed to solve the association’s financial woes.

Under the proposal, the management of the game in the country would be put in the hands, for a period of three years with immediate effect, to an Administrator with experience both in the business world and cricket.

In turn, ICC would avail a US$16 million bailout, with $10.8 of that amount going towards payment of ZC’s debts with two local banks. 

$450 000 per month as running costs would then be released for the next three years.

The proposal was reportedly rejected by the ZC board, drawing the ire of the players’ representative body, which earlier this year successfully lobbied for the payment of outstanding dues owed to players and other staff.

“From a distance, we would suggest ZC to adopt the ICC’s bailout plan immediately, accept the curator/judiciary manager to run the show for the recommended period,” ZPCA secretary-general Eliah Zvimba said in a press statement yesterday.

“ICC offered them a very good deal because they have proved to be failures and they need a consultant to come in otherwise there won’t be any bailout. The $18 million debt scares away any prospective sponsor because the money will be chewed before it gets to the beneficiaries. The ZC board must just go into quarantine and after three years, they can still come. What is wrong about that? Whilst they are hunting for money to their debts, ZPCA through FICA (Federation of International Cricketers Associations) will continue to lobby ICC to pay direct into the Players’ Pool Account.”

The ZPCA has also meanwhile slammed a resolution by ZC to abolish the Masvingo-based franchise Southern Rocks in a streamlining exercise recommended by the ICC following a visit to the country by the world cricket governing body’s CEO Dave Richardson.

The restructuring exercise will also result in the reduction of contracted players nationwide from around 90 to some 50.

“The so called ‘Business Plan’ we guess it includes players but no consultations were made,” said Zvimba. “We urge them to treat us as equal partners in this matrix. We have heard news in the press about the likely changes in the cricket model in the country. We are also waiting to see how it is going to be implemented without ZPCA involvement. There is no way the number of players can be reduced let alone the shift from four-day game to three-day game. Zimbabwe is a Test playing nation and that will be a total disaster for the game. Players must not suffer in any way due to administrative boobs.”

Comments (1)

zc man up. Allow the ICC to bail you and let our kids play the game they love.

arth - 23 April 2014

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