Cry our beloved cricket

LOCAL cricket players contracted to the countrya��s four franchises are surviving through tough times with pitiful amounts of money as little as $10 paid out to them for a win since the start of the season on 9 November.

The players even went on industrial action which delayed the start of the Logan Cup four-day matches as they are unhappy with the kind of contracts they are being offered this season.

A player who spoke on condition of anonymity told our sister publication Sunday News that the Matabeleland Tuskers players were paid as little as $10 for their Pro50 Championship match victory over Mountaineers played at Queens Sports Club.

The same source further revealed to the same publication that the players were given another $40 each at the end of their drawn Logan Cup match against the same opponents last Saturday.

This is a far cry to what their counterparts in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League who get on average $150 for a win and $100 for a draw.

a�?Did you know that Tuskers players have been given a mere $10 allowance to cover them for the one day game and are yet to receive any further allowance for the four-day game. How are these guys expected to get to and from the ground everyday let alone feed themselves. Hopefully I get to read a story about this in the newspaper,a��a�� the mole said to Sunday News.

In the soccer fraternity, some well sponsored clubs are said to be paying their players as much as $600 for a win, depending on which opponents they would have conquered.

When the franchise system was launched by ZC in 2009, players were paid huge amounts with some said to have been taking home $3 500 per month. This saw the countrya��s domestic league attract big name players who turned out for the then five franchises. These players include West Indies batsman Christopher Gayle.

As it stands, the players from the countrya��s remaining four franchises, Matabeleland Tuskers, Mountaineers, Mashonaland Eagles and MidWest Rhinos are refusing to put pen to paper to their deals for this season.

Meetings between ZC and the Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers Association have not yielded any positive results which might see players engage in another strike action soon if the impasse is not resolved.

Unlike in previous seasons when cricketers used to be employed for seven months, this season they are being offered five month contracts which leaves them to fend for themselves during the other seven months. The lucky ones have landed playing deals abroad.