Cricketers turn down ZC offers

Harare, February 4:

Zimbabwe cricketers have turned down fresh offers of new contracts by the sport’s ruling body here in the latest twist to the chaos wracking the country’s cricket set-up.

The cricketers decided late Friday to refuse fresh deals for salaries the equivalent of $1,200 down to $450 within three grades of senior, intermediate and junior.

The 25 players are also refusing to play in two inter-provincial matches on Sunday. Their decision came after about 15 of the players were believed to be inclined to take the contract offers because after six months without pay plus overdue Test match and ODI fees they were short of money.

The contract saga began on Thursday when 14 players were called individually into the Zimbabwe Cricket office to be told what they were being offered.