Zim players down tools in salary dispute

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Zimbabwe's cricket players have downed tools ahead of the series against Pakistan, refusing to train as they demand their outstanding wages be paid to them, as well as an increase in salaries.

Zimbabwe's cricket players have downed tools ahead of the series against Pakistan, refusing to train as they demand their outstanding wages be paid to them, as well as an increase in salaries.

The newly formed players union sent a letter to Zimbabwe Cricket director Wilfred Mukondiwa on Thursday, outlining their desires, including being paid for the Test series against Pakistan ahead of time.

The letter, which Mukondiwa confirmed to Cricinfo had been received, said the players agreed to the one month contract extension the 10 centrally signed players got in July, but with conditions.

It read: "We are agreeable to the said extension on the following conditions; (1) That match fees be paid to the players who are going to take part in the upcoming Pakistan and any other future tours as follows, (i) US$3 000 for One Day Internationals, (ii) US$ 5 000 for Test matches, (iii) US$1 500 for T-10 matches."

Zimbabwe newspaper The Independent reported a player, who asked to remain anonymous, as saying: "What we have asked for is the minimum if you compare with other Test playing nations.

"This kind of arrangement will benefit the younger players who do not have central contracts but may be called up into the national team. For the avoidance of doubt, our membership will not participate in any form of training until the outstanding salaries are paid.

"There will furthermore be no participation from our members in the upcoming Pakistan tour and the subsequent tours until Zimbabwe Cricket acknowledges and accedes to our request on match fees."

The series against Pakistan is due to begin on 23 August, when the first of two T20s is scheduled to be played in Harare.

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