Contractual issues between batsman Sikandar Raza and Zimbabwe Cricket reached a low point when they exchanged words, but Sikandar Raza has now committed to ZC and has been included for the Bangladesh tour.
The right-hander had played club cricket in England without obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC), and then on being denied the same ahead of the inaugural Gloal T20 Canada, Raza had gone ahead to unilaterally terminate his national contract. Understandably, ZC raised concerns before deciding to not renew his central contract, earlier this month. Subsequently, he had been omitted from the squads for the upcoming tours to South Africa and Bangladesh.
Raza has soon buried the hatchet with ZC, and has since apologised for his actions. He had a meeting with ZC’s contracts committee and the selectors eventually decided to include him for the Bangladesh tour, where Zimbabwe will play three ODIs and two Tests. However, it has been confirmed that Raza will not play the limited-overs series (3 ODIs and 2 T20Is) in South Africa, starting September 30.
“I am extremely delighted with the news and thanks to ZC who quickly sorted out my issues. I just want to put this behind me and concentrate on and enjoy my cricket,” Raza said.
Raza’s disappointment of not qualifying for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup really got to him and all the drama that followed stemmed from that dejection, apparently. Blaming Givemore Makoni for not handing him the contracts, to ZC reminding him it was not Makoni’s sole decision but the whole board’s….just nasty.
Now, we look forward to some great national team cricket, again.