ZC speaks on Taylor

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has reacted angrily to claims by former Test captain Brendan Taylor that he received only $250 during this year’s Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The 29-year-old retired from international cricket when Zimbabwe’s campaign ended in the group stage after signing a three-year Kolpak deal with England County Cricket side Nottinghamshire.

In an interview with the BBC on Wednesday, Taylor claimed he only received £131 before tax despite ending the tournament as Zimbabwe’s highest run scorer with 433 including two centuries against India and Ireland.

In the interview, the former Mid West Rhinos and Mashonaland Eagles wicket-keeper batsman said issues regarding money were the reasons behind his relocation to the United Kingdom.

“It is every international player’s dream to put on their country’s shirt, that is why we play the sport,” he told BBC Sport.

“But our careers do not last forever and I want to go and play in a great set-up, which Notts has provided for me.

“It was not an easy decision but I guess every player would be lying if they say they are not trying to maximise on potential earnings.”

This has not gone down well with the ZC hierarchy, with the organisation refuting the claims in a strongly-worded statement yesterday.

“Who paid Taylor GBP 131? For the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup, match and appearance fees ranged from $27 000 to $52 000 per player,” read the statement.

“Outside the World Cup, centrally contracted players like Taylor are on a retainer and match fees which we cannot reveal on the grounds of confidentiality.

“Suffice it to say that Taylor was, at the time of his departure, one of the highest paid Zimbabwe cricketers and that category claims in excess of $100 000 per annum.

“As for the ‘meagre 30 pence per run’, that sounds to us like prize money. If we are right, then the fact is prize money was determined by performance at the tournament, not by ZC.

“Still, the players got such an amount that sharing it out among themselves would leave Taylor with much more than GBP 131.”

The rest of the ZC statement was dedicated at lynching the BBC for a number of “inaccuracies” in their report.

“There is mention of a dispute over the allocation of ‘Z$650 000 (GBP1, 219.90)’. First, the dispute was not between ZC and the players but among the players themselves,” said ZC.

“Anyone who disputes that should still agree with us on the next correction: Zimbabwe was not using Z$ when the players left for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup! So much for accuracy.

“Zimbabwe’s Test status was not ‘suspended’. We voluntarily withdrew and voluntarily returned. The reporter could have easily confirmed with the ICC.”

Another bone of contention ZC had with the article was the mention that the likes of Kyle Jarvis and Craig Ervine had turned their back on Zimbabwe.

“Craig Ervine is listed as one of the players who opted out of playing for Zimbabwe. But he came back to a franchise contract,” said ZC.

“Could he have done that if our contracts were not lucrative? And Craig Ervine played for Zimbabwe a month ago! Kyle Jarvis has also been back on a franchise earn-as-you play contract. Still not lucrative?”

Comments (1)

seriously ZC tipewo maserious stop denying the obvious murikukundikana ku deliver zim cricket has declined over the years thats a fact and its cos of monetary issues and greedy people @ e helm..... stop crying foul imi maisa zim cricket on its knees

chipo - 20 April 2015

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