Zim cricketers need union: Taibu

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) convener of selectors Tatenda Taibu insists there is an urgent need for local players to form a union which will negotiate for their welfare.

At the moment, local cricketers are negotiating their contracts with ZC on an individual basis after the collapse of the Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers Association (ZPCA) in 2014.

This gives ZC all the leverage in the negotiations while valuable training time is lost as the discussions drag on.  

“On the players’ part as convener, I just expect them to give me their best,” Taibu told the Daily News.

“I’m trying to create a little world of contentment that is if I can create a happy space for the players where they can just go out there without any excess baggage, not thinking about any other thing.

“If I’m able to sort out this ... create that platform for them then I know they will be able to give me their best and I know that their best is good enough.”

Taibu said given a choice, he would have loved to play that mediating role between the players and ZC but currently he has a lot on his plate due to the production of his autobiography.

“If I wasn’t overwhelmed with a lot of work and trying to balance a lot of things, I would have loved to do that part,” he added.

“I can only do it to a certain extent just as I know that there are certain issues as a convener of selectors that the players maybe facing that may get me to struggle to do my part well so If there are things like that I just make sure that they are quickly sorted.

“In the near future, they will definitely be need for a players’ representative as I see it because I would want to be able to see a situation where the players are not dealing with the things on a personal level but for someone else to be mentioning them so that they are just clear to just play the game and if we can create that I’m sure we will be able to see better results more often than not.”

Taibu also spoke about his reunion with former skipper Heath Streak who was appointed coach last week to take over from Dav Whatmore.

“I worked with Streak for sort of a long time when we were playing so I know that he will be able to read my mind and decisions and I will be able to read his mind and decisions on the field,” he said.

“So that won’t be difficult because I don’t have to start learning about him because I know him and he knows me as well so I’m looking forward to that and I’m looking forward to Zimbabwe climbing the ranks because I do really believe that it is time for them to start doing that if we continue to do what we are doing and making sure that things are done professionally.”

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