ZC misled ICC, says players' body

HARARE - The representative body for Zimbabwe’s cricket players has slammed the local game’s governing body for misleading the International Cricket Council (ICC) and presenting false information about players’ earnings.

Two months ago, the Zimbabwe Professionals Cricketers Association (ZPCA) – which had earlier successfully lobbied for payment of outstanding dues owed to players and other staff – also got ZC to release $412 000 from the total revenue of $8.9 million earned from the country’s participation at the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

The $412 000 was shared among the 15 players in the touring party, technical staff and non-traveling reserves; it catered for match fees, participation fees and allowances.

But outside the $412 000, ZPCA claims ZC might have manipulated documents ahead of the visit to the country by ICC chief executive David Richardson and chief financial officer Faisal Hasnain to give an impression that they generally paid players across the board handsomely.

This, according the ZPCA, led the ICC officials to conclude that the payments were “too much.”

“The ICC Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer are being misled that players are paid ‘too much’ and they take a bigger chunk of the ICC grants. In some ZC budgets in our possession, they made provisions for unrealistic wages which was never paid to any living cricketer in Zimbabwe,” said ZPCA secretary-general Eliah Zvimba in a statement.

“In actual fact it’s not a true reflection of what they are paying to central/franchise players, Under-19 and women cricketers included. The ICC officials met ZC management, the banks and the technical staff; we are also wondering why they didn’t meet the players to get correct information about us.”

Zvimba said the World Twenty20 payments were agreed amicably between his union and ZC, and challenged the organisation to produce records that they indeed paid players the said amounts. 

“We believe the two officials had no business with us and so they don’t have a say in the deal sealed between ZPCA and ZC. The so called Business Plan we guess it includes players but no consultations were made. We urge them to treat us as equal partners in this matrix,” Zvimba said.

“We challenge ZC to produce proof of payment to that effect so that the world can see. We agreed to the $412 000.00 figure to include appearance and match fees for both the participating players and the other 15 remaining. ZC are signatory to this agreement.”

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