More woes for cricket as domestic teams fail to travel

HARARE - Matches scheduled for today have been postponed after Zimbabwe’s domestic cricket teams failed to travel yesterday as financial woes continue to take toll on the game.

Two Pro50 Championship games which were scheduled for today will not be played after Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) failed to release travel allowances for the teams.

The two 50-over matches are followed by the country’s premier first-class competition, the Logan Cup, meaning the teams are away from home for a week.

ZC funds the country’s domestic league.

Harare franchise Mashonaland Eagles could not leave for Bulawayo for their clash with Matabeleland Tuskers while Manicaland Mountaineers missed their trip to Kwekwe for a date with host Midwest Rhinos.

Eagles players and staff endured a three-hour delay for the Bulawayo trip yesterday morning before officials finally called-off the road trip.

They are now hoping to travel today.

It was the same story in Mutare, where defending champions Mountaineers failed to board their team bus to the Midlands.

Squad members receive an allowance of $110 each for the week-long assignment.

The franchises travel with squads of 15. This translates to $1 650 in travelling and match allowances, excluding transport and accommodation.

Continued financial problems have been haunting Zimbabwe cricket for years, and only two months ago the commencement of the domestic season was delayed by a day after players refused to take the field in protest over low pay and poor working conditions.

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