INJURED pace bowler Tinashe Panyangara has engaged his lawyer to compel Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) to pay for his medical expenses in South Africa.
The 20-year-old player’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, said she had given ZC up to today to respo
nd to her correspondence regarding what she described as neglect of the player. The union was supposed to send him for specialist treatment in South Africa, she said.
Panyangara has not seen action since he was withdrawn from Zimbabwe’s tour to South Africa a year ago due to a stress fracture. He was not offered a contract in January after the ZC interim committee said it wanted to monitor his progress while he was undergoing rehabilitation.
“The boy is not playing cricket at the moment, which means he’s not getting an income,” Mtetwa said. “Besides, his injury can get worse if he doesn’t undergo therapy with specialists.”
Mtetwa said she had unsuccessfully sought a meeting with the union’s lawyers, although she heard that ZC wanted to get foreign exchange approval from the Reserve Bank before sending Panyangara to South Africa.
“They don’t need the Reserve Bank for that. They have medical insurance out of the country, unless they have not been paying for it,” she said.
Meanwhile, ZC might also face legal action from the national team’s young match analyst, Tinashe Ruswa, and national team batsman Vusi Sibanda over non-payment of outstanding match fees.
ZC lawyer Wilson Manase, who is also as member of the interim board, could not be reached for comment as he was said to be out of the country.