Graeme Cremer has clinched a central contract with Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC), barely four months after returning from a two-year absence from cricket, but former captain Prosper Utseya has been relegated to a less lucrative second-tier deal.
IndependentSport is informed that ZC has offered contracts to 24 players, with nine of those getting central contracts while the rest have been offered deals in a high performance category.
The players were given their proposed contracts on Wednesday and have time to go and study them, sign or negotiate with officials.
Those who have received the better deals also include captain Elton Chigumbura, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva, Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha and Tinashe Panyangara.
Prior to his relegation, Utseya was a permanent fixture on the central contract list, but he has fallen out of favour, probably because he can no longer bowl spin after the ICC banned his delivery. He has reinvented himself as a medium-pacer.
But after accusing managing director cricket affairs Alistair Campbell of victimising him, the latest development is likely to fan the raging conflict involving the two.
Utseya believes he still deserves his place in the national team and claims Campbell advised him to try out coaching, signalling that the sun had probably set on his career.
The 30-year-old travelled to Australia and New Zealand, but did not play in any of the seven matches.
He got a piece of the action in Pakistan where in the first ODI he scored an 18-ball 21 not-out, and took 2-63, the best figures by any Zimbabwean in that match.
He was involved in the third ODI against India where he finished with 1-41.