ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) looks set to turn down Cricket South Africa’s proposed Test match against the Proteas following another delay in the resumption of domestic cricket matches, as negotiations continue between the board and the players.
There was hope that the domestic cricket matches would resume this weekend after CSA proposed a Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe early next month.
However with no solution insight on the impasse between ZC and the striking players, the resumption of domestic matches has had to be put on hold.
Local cricketers went on strike in mid-December over non-payment of salaries and match fees.
They also refused to restart the fixtures on January 18, as they vowed not to take part in any matches until they have received their dues.
This resulted in Afghanistan’s incoming tour, which was scheduled for this month, also being cancelled and leaving Zimbabwe’s preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 competition in further turmoil.
A 30-member squad named recently, but is unlikely to go into camp any time soon because of the ongoing player strike.
Zimbabwe, who will start their World T20 campaign in the preliminary stage, need to finish tops of their group comprising Ireland, Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates for them to qualify to the Super 10 phase.
Meanwhile, former Zimbabwe batsman Charles Coventry smashed a brilliant century as his Dubai based club, Wings Group settled for a draw against the Dubai Lions in the UAE on Thursday.
Coventry pulled out of Zimbabwe’s ICC World Twenty20’s provisional squad recently week citing the perennial financial troubles at Zimbabwe Cricket.
The explosive batsman lit up the Danube Test Series which under the patronage of Dubai Cricket Council after smashing 131 runs off 104 balls with 16 boundaries and 5 sixes.
Former Zimbabwe Under-19 star Glenn Querl, who was also Coventry’s teammate Matabeleland Tuskers, is also part of the Wings Group squad. Querl tore apart the Dubai Lions with a breezy 50 that took the final score to a mammoth 420 all out in 69,2 overs.