ZIMBABWE national cricket team players have demanded extra incentives before committing to a tour of Pakistan next month.
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has been locked in discussions with its Pakistan counterparts over the proposed tour which will become the first by a Test nation since the gun attack on the Sri Lanka national team in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2009.
While the two parties might have covered much ground in agreeing terms and conditions, the players are waiting to find out how much they will be offered for the tour.
ZC will have to come to an agreement with the players first before announcing the tour will definitely take place.
A Pakistan publication yesterday suggested ZC has demanded 50% of the proceeds from the tour, while it also wants all the matches to be played in the Pakistani capital, Lahore.
Zimbabwe players expect to meet with ZC in Harare today to learn what they are being offered as an extra incentive. The players also want their outstanding fees paid before they travel to Pakistan.
“What is important at the moment is what we as players will get out of this tour,” said a player. “We are committed to going there to do our best, but we expect an extra incentive; this is no ordinary tour.”
The players have been summoned to a meeting this morning with national team coach Dave Whatmore and it is expected they would also meet ZC officials before the tour is finalised.
The players have been going through individual fitness programmes in the last couple of weeks, and are expected to go full throttle with their squad preparations starting next week.