ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) player earnings for the forthcoming 2014-15 season have been revealed by local daily, with three players a�� captain Brendan Taylor, his deputy Hamilton Masakadza and ex-skipper Prosper Utseya a�� the highest earners on $6 000 salaries.
We can disclose that the cricketers have reclaimed their position as the countrya��s highest earning sportsmen despite the sport being completely out of the woods.
Pace bowler Tendai Chatara, who was outstanding in his first full season of international cricket last term, is the biggest mover on $5 000 a month.
A product of ZCa��s development programme, 23-year-old Chatara was introduced to cricket in Mutarea��s high density suburb of Dangamvura, where he grew up playing soccer with his friends in the streets.
He made both the ODI and Test against the West Indies in Caribbean early last year, before going on to take over the mantle of Zimbabwea��s bowling spear head after Kyle Jarvis premature retirement from international cricket.
The new contracts rolled out have five categories, but the first one, the $7 A�000 a month Grade X, was not given out.
For a player to qualify for a grade X central contract, one has to be averaging 45 runs in One-Day internationals (ODI) and 50 rubs in Test cricket from 15 and three matches respectively within a 12-month reviewed period.
The second-highest category, Grade A, fetches a cool $6 000 while players on grade B, C and D take home 5 000, $3 500 and $2 000 respectively.
Meanwhile, Captain Taylor, who was expected to be the only player on group X, missed out due to fitness concerns.
Documents obtained by the Daily News show that ZC;A� Player Contracts and Performances Appraisal Committee (PCPAC), headed by board members Sylvester Matshaka, acknowledged the skippera��s outstanding performances both in domestic and international cricket last season, but questioned his level of fitness.
a�?The committee agreed that Brendan Taylor be graded A. The committee noted that Brendan was graded A on his last contract and though he had a decent season, he had not done enough to be graded X,a�? Matshaka wrote in his report to the ZC board.
a�?Brendan averaged 39 in the one Test he played, 74 in the three ODIs and 39,5 in the five T20s.The committee however, noted with concern Brendana��s continued problems with fitness.a�?
Front line spinner and former captain Utseya as well as current vice captain Masakadza were placed on the same grade with the skipper.
Grade B worth $5 000 is occupied by six of the 15 players on central contracts.
The six are, Chatara, Vusi Sibanda, Malcom Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Sean Williams and Brian Vitori.
All rounder Chigumbura was dropped from B+ contract to the B grade.
a�?The committee agreed that Elton has great talent but needs to work on his mindset. It was noted that Elton had an average season and failed to make a mark in the ODIs,a�? read Matshakaa��s report.
a�?He averaged 28,75 in 2 tests, one in three ODIs and 58 in five T20s. The committee recommended that Elton be awarded a grade B contract down from the B= grade he currently has.a�?
On Chatara, Matshaka said: a�?The committee agreed that Tendai Chatara had a very good season and was the player of the season. The committee noted that he took 11 wickets in two Tests, five wickets in three ODIs and five wickets in four T20s with bowling averages of 24.45,26 and 17 respectively,a�? he said.
a�?The committee recommended that Tendai be upgraded to Grade B from the current Grade C. The committee also recommended that as motivation, Tendai should receive a letter from the board Chairman recognising his sterling efforts during the past year.a�?
Grade X ($7 000): Not offered.
Group A ($6 000): Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Prosper Utseya.
Grade B ($5 000): Elton Chigumbura, Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Vusi Sibanda, Malcom Waller, and Brian Vitori.
Grade C ($3 500): Regis Chakabva, Sikandar Raza Butt, and Tinashe Panyangara.
Group D ($2 000):Tonotenda Mawoyo, Shingirai Masakadza, Nastai Ma��shangwe.