LEG spinner Graeme Cremer has said he will only recommit to playing for the national team once Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) pays him his dues.
Cremer was conspicuous by his absence in the team that played against Pakistan in all three formats of the game.
The talented cricketer opened up to IndependentSport this week saying he had not turned his back on the country, but only wanted to be paid what he is owed before making himself available for selection.
Cremer was named in the training squad ahead of the tour but he ignored the call up with talk abound he had decided to quit international cricket for a contract abroad.
National team assistant coach Steve Mangongo said he was worried Cremer might have quit international cricket.
“It’s worrying when we continue to lose players and always have to start afresh,” said Mangongo. “What we have heard is that Cremer has retired.”
However, Cremer, who has played 11 Tests and 37 One-Day Internationals for Zimbabwe, has pledged that if financial issues are sorted out he would be available, which should thrill both his team mates and the technical team.
“The reason I did not join the team is that I was waiting to get full payment of what ZC owes me,” said Cremer. “I decided I wasn’t going to play until I was paid and that’s the reason I did not heed the call. After I get paid, I am going to wait and see what sort of contract I will get then I can make my comeback.
“What I want is to play for Zimbabwe and I just want a few things to be sorted so that we can move forward. I am not considering going abroad; my first choice is to play for Zimbabwe and I think it’s up to ZC now.”
Like Cremer, Sean Williams also decided against playing until he received his dues.
Zimbabwe has already lost Kyle Jarvis, who joined County side Lancashire and is hoping to play his way into the England team.
However, Jarvis was not missed as Brian Vitori and Tendai Chatara bowled Zimbabwe to a famous victory in the second Test.
Zimbabwe’s spin options were limited to just Prosper Utseya, who took seven wickets in four innings, while seamers Chatara, Vitori, Shingi Masakadza and Tinashe Panyangara shared 29 wickets between them.
Vitori took his first fiver in the first innings of the second Test while Chatara took his first five-wicket haul in the second innings of the second Test to deliver the Test win.
Meanwhile national team players Elton Chigumbura, Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza and Hamilton Masakadza will all miss the start of the domestic leagues after they signed up to play in the Dhaka Premier League.
All-rounder Chigumbura has joined SK Jamal DC while the trio of Sibanda, Raza and Masakadza all signed for Kalabangan Cricket Academy.
Chigumbura’s team is second on the log standings after two matches. The tournament is likely to run until mid-November.
Zimbabwe has often struggled when playing away from home and the experience the four players are set to get will be useful ahead of next year’s T-20 World Cup in which they are all likely to feature.