As the 2013/14 domestic season continues, Mashonaland Eagles were given the points after Mountaineers failed to turn up for the Pro50 match in Mutare on Saturday, while in Kwekwe the match was played with the hosts fielding a depleted side.
This was after most of the senior players had refused to play, saying they wanted to be paid their November salaries first.
Going into the weekend, the Zimbabwe Cricket managing director, Mr Wilfred Mukondiwa, held a meeting with national team captain Brendan Taylor and some other senior players. He told them the plans underway to secure their salaries.
Given the progress ZC had made then to get the money, the expectation was that the players’ salaries would be deposited into their accounts tomorrow (Tuesday the 17th of December, 2013) and the players were informed accordingly.
Against that background, management went into the weekend expecting that the players would turn out for their matches.
Because we remain in discussion with financial institutions over the player salaries, we are unable to actually provide guarantees of specific dates except expectations – which expected dates may not be met if negotiations take longer.
Our position therefore, which we have communicated to the players, is that we remain committed to paying their November salaries at the earliest possible time, and the rest of what is owed them when our financial position improves.