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Money row hits Zimbabwe cricket

The disconnect between players and their boards at the lower end of Test cricket has come to the fore once again, with Zimbabwe’s franchise cricketers refusing to take the field for the start of the first-class season on Tuesday.

It is the second time in a year that Zimbabwe’s domestic players have gone on strike over wages and contractual issues, and comes less than a month after the West Indies players quit a tour of India following a protracted pay structure dispute between the players, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players’ Association.

That action has put the very future of West Indies cricket in doubt with the Board of Control for Cricket in India presenting a big damages claim to the WICB, whose last set of accounts showed a bank balance only marginally in the black. Zimbabwe Cricket’s financial problems are equally well known and led to the number of franchises being cut from five to four for the new season, while player salaries have been restructured. 
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