FORMER national team coach Dav Whatmore hinted that there could be a very real danger of the standard of cricket deteriorating to the extent of Kenya’s current situation.
And given the current state of affairs, with the Logan Cup fixtures being put on hold due to players rightly refusing to play until their payment issues have been corrected, as well as the lack of international cricket coming up in the year, Whatmore’s prediction may be an accurate one.
Then to add more drama to a soap opera which in truth has been ongoing since April 2004, left arm paceman Brian Vitori sadly found himself on the wrong side of the bowling laws when he received a 12-month ban.
Although Vitori is an exceptionally positive individual, this latest setback would have undoubtedly shaken even his great wealth of confidence.
The question many people will be asking themselves, however, is why was this allowed to happen?
Did Zimbabwe cricket do enough to ensure that Vitori received the assistance he needed in order to continue his promising career?
Or was Vitori simply not ready within himself to play international cricket?
The short answer is probably a bit of both, but once again Zimbabwe Cricket have sadly let their players down in a very big way with a combination of favouritism and spite.
Thanks to a very reliable source it has emerged that Vitori had to pay for his own remedial work when he was first sighted, unlike Prosper Utseya who had all his remedial work paid for by ZC.
Thankfully, a former player has offered to either reimburse Vitori, or hopefully get the funds back from ZC to cover his cost.
But, why should this have happened in the first place, why is the country’s governing body prepared to pay for certain players’ remedial work and not for others?
The good news is that Vitori will more than likely be good to go after his next batch of remedial work, which would put both him and more importantly the team in good stead. That is to say, when or if they do take to the field at any point whatsoever.
Often, fans have tried to cover up ZC’s indiscretions by blaming the players for not pulling together as a team.
“Why should ZC look after the players if they aren’t delivering positive results?” many would say, and to an extent they may have had a very good point.
But this latest revelation really has sunk Zimbabwe cricket to a new and utterly disgusting low, and it is sad that former players have to constantly either dip into their wallets or go the extra mile to ensure players still remain relatively interested in playing for their country.