THE Logan Cup match pitting Mountaineers against Mashonaland Eagles failed to take off yesterday at Mutare Sports Club as players from both sides chose to down their tools in protest of outstanding allowances by the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).
KENNETH NYANGANI IN MUTARE
The Pro50 Championship match between the same teams was on Sunday awarded to Mash Eagles after the home side failed to pitch up at the same venue as a way of registering their disgruntlement.
However, yesterday, players from both franchises agreed not to fulfil the fixture, while the other match pitting Southern Rocks against Mid West Rhinos in Kwekwe
was also cancelled without a ball bowled as local cricketers continue with the boycott.
Mountaineers players were present at the match venue led by their captain Tinotenda Mawoyo, while their counterparts Eagles, with many unheralded players on their list, somehow showed their intention of wanting to play the match after warming up for the encounter.
However, captains from both teams Keith Kalinga and Mawoyo refused to toss for the match.
Match referee Edward Matsikenyeri confirmed the development to NewsDay Sport.
In an interview just before departure, Gary Brent said the players were united for one cause before, adding that his side would regroup next year.
“The players are united for one cause and they want their money and there is nothing we can do about that. As for my side, we are going to
regroup next year, but we are not aware of the actual dates,” he said.
A senior player at Mountaineers who spoke on condition of anonymity said that they were not going to change their stance.
“We are not going to change our stance because we need our money. We have got families to look after. And it is mostly likely that we are going to have a very bad festive season,” he said.
The boycott by local cricketers over outstanding salaries looked set to continue yesterday after the ZC board released a statement saying it could not “provide guarantees of specific dates” for payment of player salaries.
A player boycott has already affected two Pro50 matches over the weekend, with one game ending as a walkover and another played without many senior cricketers, including Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor.