Zim players back in action after negotiations

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Zimbabwe cricketers are back on the training field after two days on the sidelines, where they refused to practice for the Pakistan series until Zimbabwe Cricket agreed to pay them proper match fees.

Zimbabwe cricketers are back on the training field after two days on the sidelines, where they refused to practice for the Pakistan series until Zimbabwe Cricket agreed to pay them proper match fees.

The players were the only Test-playing nation, according to them, who did not receive match fees on top of their regular salaries, and were also demanding their outstanding wages dating back to July be paid.

The newly-formed players union met with their bosses for two days, and a new agreement was hashed out, with details set to be confirmed. What the match fees will be is unknown, but they had reportedly asked for US$5,000 per Test match, $3,000 for an ODI and $1,500 per T20.

Players are unlikely to get the fees they asked for, given ZC's financial troubles, but seem pleased with the improvement.

A player, who asked not to be named, told <i>Cricinfo</i>: "We wanted to make them aware we were the only international team that were playing without match fees. Now we will be receiving them.

"Training has resumed in full and as things stand now, there will be no boycott of the (Pakistan) series."

He added of the now-permanent union: "It was something the players put together because we did not have a proper arrangement in the past. The board is now open to the idea of having a player association and we wanted to take that chance.

"There are a lot if issues that crop up in Zimbabwean cricket and without a singular voice it was very difficult for us to get things done."

The Pakistan series kicks off with the first of two T20s on 23 August in Harare, followed by three ODIs and two Tests.

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