There had been a huge impasse over outstanding payments to players that led to players like Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams making themselves unavailable for national selection.
But after the International Cricket Council (ICC) released funds to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) in order to settle outstanding player and staff payments, there seems to be a hint that things may be moving in the positive direction again. The latest development has led Brendan Taylor to avail himself for national selection.
When Zimbabwe had their Tri-Series with Pakistan and Australia and their ODI series with Pakistan, some fans attributed the poor string of results due to the unavailability of the five players named above. But an important factor to take note of is that even in the presence of these five, Zimbabwe has always endured poor and [embarrassing] results.
“I’m very confident that great strides have been taken to resolve the players’ issues. It’s been a long-winded and frustrating time, but the good thing is that we are moving forward and the wheels are in motion,” Taylor told Zimbabwean newspaper The Standard . “It’s time to get back to work at the start of August and prepare for the two very big series in South Africa and Bangladesh. I’m looking forward to that and drawing a line in the sand and moving forward.”
After the ICC’s annual conference in Dublin last month, it was resolved that instead of giving ZC two lump sums of funds, the funds will now come in drip-feeds, encouraging more regulated spending by the ZC.
The plans haven’t been made public, but players are demanding to see how the new structure for the financial plan looks like.
Brendan Taylor said that despite these difficulties, he will not stop playing for the Zimbabwe cricket national team.