Waller withdraws from Zimbabwe squad over labour-practice concerns

Zimbabwe Cricket have confirmed that Malcolm Waller has withdrawn from the ongoing ODI series against Pakistan.

Waller has not made himself available for comment at this stage but is understood to have been corresponding with the Board through his lawyer regarding some labour-practice concerns.

The core of Zimbabwe’s senior team made themselves unavailable for selection for the T20I tri-series and the ODI series against Pakistan over the ongoing pay dispute with ZC while Waller agreed to play.

Zimbabwe were well beaten in the first ODI against Pakistan with Kyle Jarvis and Solomon Mire absent through injury while Brendan Taylor, former captain Graeme Cremer three others have not availed themselves for selection according to Walter Chawaguta, the new convenor of selectors.

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Rumours that Zimbabwe Cricket is strapped for cash abound. It emerged earlier this week that Pakistan had to delay plans to travel from Harare to Bulawayo because their accommodation was not booked.

There is nothing new about Zimbabwe Cricket’s financial problems, though there is some light at the end of the tunnel with the ICC offering assistance with the proviso that ZC stick to the agreed operational plan.

Sikandar Raza is the only player to make himself unavailable who has turned out in alternative competitions turning out for the Montreal Tigers in Global T20 Canada.

Shorn of players Zimbabwe have called up Under-19 captain Liam Roche and part-time professional Ryan Murray who is only available at certain times due to his ongoing university studies at UCT in Cape Town, South Africa.

Waller’s replacement is yet to be named.