ZC restructuring puts game on ice

HARARE - Embattled Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on-going restructuring exercise has put the game virtually on hold across the country.

With the domestic season over, players out of contract and awaiting winter- deals it has become impossible for the coaches to tie down the local cricketers to any form of training.

South Africa are expected in the country in August for a series that comprises of one Test match and three One Day Internationals.

After that the two countries will be joined by Australia in a tri-series later in the same month.

Zimbabwe national team assistant coach Steve Mangongo bemoaned the current state in the local game as it have left them with little time to prepare for the Proteas and Baggy Greens inbound tours.

“We are running behind time,” Mangongo told the Daily News. “For a team that wants to improve we should be working flat out.

“If we’ve to be realistic, we are not among the best cricket nations and the only way we can crawl out of that veracity is by making use of every opportunity we have on our game.

“The best we can do as of now is to encourage the guys to keep their feet on the ground because it’s not easy to regain momentum once you get out of the groove.”

ZC embarked on a retrenchment exercise that saw the association giving 30-day notices to the majority of its employees.

The process is on-going and as a result not many are aware of what the future holds for them.

Some disgruntled employees took the association to the labour courts where ZC was summoned to appear before an arbitrator on May 29 at Makombe Complex.

Masvingo-based franchise Southern Rocks have also been disbanded in the current setup that will see the country have four domestic franchise sides.

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