There’s been some worrying news coming out of Zimbabwe about the cricket board having problems with their cash flow. Understandably, there were rumours about the Zimbabwe players being demoralized by the incident. However, Captain Graeme Cremer has assured that this problem would never affect his side’s performances in the second Test against the West Indies, starting on Bulawayo on Sunday (October 29).
Last Wednesday (October 27) Zimbabwean players learnt that they would only be paid half of their October salaries. Zimbabwe Cricket’s (ZC) HR head Nesta Vaki informed others by saying, “ZC is currently having cashflow challenges due to some circumstances beyond its control. Consequently, employees will be paid half of their October 2017 salaries at the end of October and ZC will do its best to rectify the situation by end of November 2017.” This is not the first time this has happened to Cremer & Co. Despite receiving their monthly salaries every month, they hardly ever get their match fees on time.
Although the appointment of ICC chief financial officer Faisal Hasnain ZC managing director earlier this year created confidence that ZC’s finances are in better hands, they’re still in $19m debt. They haven’t been abble to have a better situation as they’ve had to deal with huge loans and extra money being used to bring back Brendan Taylor & Kyle Jarvis.
Cremer said, “We know the position ZC is in, and the cashflow problem. It won’t affect the performance. It’s not like guys won’t get their money, it’s just one of those things. It’s a tough environment, but we know with Faisal that we’ll get through that. It won’t really affect us. It can be a challenge, but as Zimbabweans we’ve been through quite a lot. We’re used to dealing with these sorts of things, and that’s where I respect our team very much. In the way that guys will still pitch up, still wanting to do well for the country, no matter what issues we’re having in our economy or in Zimbabwe cricket as a whole.”
Although coach Heath Streak said that Zimbabwe have “a couple of niggles that we’re managing”, he promised an unchanged side so long as everyone turned up fit on Sunday. He also didn’t expect any radical change to their tactics – or to the conditions.
With the motivation and target on point- Cremer will now look to lead Zimbabwe back into the test series against West Indies, where they’re already down 1-0.