Johannesburg, Nov 12: Zimbabwe’s domestic cricketers have gone for a strike over wages and contractual issues for the second time in a year. The players declined to take the field for the start of the first class session.
Owing to financial crunch, the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) reportedly resorted to limit the number of franchises to four and also restructured the players` salaries. The contract offers have been confirmed by the board just two days before the start of the season. Reportedly, while highest earner promised $1500 per month, the lowest getting just $300.
Due to the harsh tax laws of Zimbabwe the players would only take home about half of those amounts, and they would still need to pay 40 percent of their medical aid costs out of their own pockets.
“As long as our issues are not addressed there is no way that we can keep playing,” ZPCA representative Eliah Zvimba told a news agency.
ZC has confirmed that they would soon hold a meeting with Zvimba to discuss the issue, which led Zvimba to request the players to take the field on Wednesday. However, Zvimb said that further strike action would be taken if no satisfactory agreement takes place with ZC.
(With Agency Inputs)