Cricketers dismiss rep Zvimba

HARARE - Eliah Zvimba has been removed as representative of Zimbabwe's cricket players due to an "unholy alliance" with the international umbrella body Fica.

Zvimba has been in the news in recent years following running battles with Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) over player welfare issues.

In a press release yesterday, sent to media by ZC media staffer Prosper Tsvanhu, Zvimba's contract "has expired and a unanimous decision has been made not to renew it forthwith."

"The reason behind this decision stems out of the realisation that he has not been representing them as expected," read the statement.

"Mr Zvimba has failed to avail himself at crucial times of players' contract negotiations, despite the condition of his employment having been on a full time basis. The Board is of the persuasion that it requires a players' representative who is unequivocally accessible to champion the best interests of ZPCA and its players.

"The ZPCA Board has also realised that Mr Zvimba has an unholy alliance with the Federation of International Cricketers Association (Fica), which has been paying him a monthly salary unbeknown to the players despite the fact that the players have been contributing towards his subsistence.

"Furthermore, Mr Zvimba has not been transparent regarding his communication with Fica. Instead, Mr Zvimba has been using the ZPCA as a vehicle to advance Fica's political agenda whose purpose is to destroy and not to build, contrary to what ZPCA as an association seeks to achieve.

"ZPCA aims to create a good rapport between the players and Zimbabwe Cricket in order to ensure the long-term security of the players who participate in the game of cricket.

"This being the case the ZPCA Board has decided that this relationship has become untenable. The ZPCA Board has been under a lot of pressure from Fica, which they are not a member of, to try and re-engage Mr Zvimba because they trust him to further their interests. Proof of this is through numerous correspondences Fica has sent the ZPCA Board in a bid to solicit Mr Zvimba's continuation.

"The ZPCA is currently in the process of identifying a suitable candidate to assume the duties of a ZPCA players' representative and an announcement will be made once the ideal candidate has been found."

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