ZIMBABWE Cricket has lived up to its promise to channel more resources to on-field and player welfare improvements after offering contracts that have been accepted by most of its players.
The players were offered contracts for the new season last week and most of them are satisfied with what they were offered, while those who had queries managed to reach common ground with the administration after negotiations.
Some of the players that were not particularly pleased with what they were offered include Prosper Utseya who was excluded from the central contract quota, as well as Graeme Cremer and Chamu Chibhabha who all went back for negotiations.
Chibhabha has been the best batsman for Zimbabwe since the return from the World Cup earlier this year, but was offered Grade C in the central category.
He was moved up to Grade A after he threatened to pack his bags and go back to play in England; IndependentSport was informed this week that he is a happier man now.
“We have come up with a system where every one of the 24 players offered contracts will be on a monthly salary with the ZC,” said the source. “The lowest paid will get US$1 500 in the High Performance category and their contracts differ. The ones in the central category obviously get much higher and it seems most players are pleased.”
Nine of the 24 players have been offered central contracts and the process will be concluded with ratification by the board.
ZC will have quarterly reviews that are based on performance to ensure that those who do well are rewarded and in addition to their fixed salaries, they will also get match fees and winning bonuses.
The players are particularly pleased that with so much cricket coming up on the international front, there is any opportunity to improve their gradings.
Zimbabwe will host Pakistan, South Africa, a tri-series with Afghanistan and Ireland, and they also have a trip to Bangladesh coming up in the New Year.