Zimbabwe Cricket respond to Raza saga

Zimbabwe Cricket respond to Raza saga
Published: 10 September 2018 (361 Views)
ZIMBABWE Cricket has seen social media posts by Sikandar Raza Butt regarding ZC's decision not to offer him a new contract. As a matter of policy, we do not discuss employee issues in the media beyond making the necessary announcements. But when one deliberately misleads the unsuspecting public or makes patently false allegations that seek to tarnish the image of ZC and bring the game of cricket into disrepute, we unfortunately have to deviate from the norm. For the record, we can confirm that Raza was not among the players offered new central contracts.

This decision was made solely by ZC's Contracts Committee and not by the Acting Managing Director, Givemore Makoni, as Raza alleges in his posts. However, what Makoni has done in the past – and Raza knows this – was to help Raza's career by having him play for Southern Rocks which Mr Makoni was managing while he also supported Raza's move to get Zimbabwean citizenship. Raza also knows what he did resulted in him not getting a new ZC contract. Normally, contracts are a confidential matter between employer and employee, but because Raza has gone public we are also having to respond publicly.

First, Raza had a contract with ZC which he brazenly flouted by going to play club cricket in England without first obtaining a no-objection certificate (NOC) from ZC as is the standard practice in the professional game worldwide. Secondly, when he did apply for an NOC which was turned down because Zimbabwe needed his services, Raza subsequently and unilaterally terminated his running contract with ZC so he could play in a domestic tournament in Canada. When considering who to offer a contract, the Contracts Committee does not only look at an individual player's statistics, fitness and performances, but also one's attitude, discipline and commitment not only to ZC but more importantly to Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, Raza did not tick all the boxes and so the Contracts Committee decided he was not deserving of a contract this time round. The available contracts were awarded to other players who have consistently shown their professionalism and desire to represent their country. That said, players without central contracts – and Raza is now one of them – are always considered for national duty at the discretion of the National Selection Panel that also looks at several factors before picking a player.

Raza is aware of what is now to him inconvenient but still truths. However, instead of engaging ZC over his concerns as was suggested to him by the National Teams Manager, he opts to create a storm in a teacup by mounting a social media publicity stunt meant to portray ZC, its board, management and staff in bad light. It is unfortunate that this sideshow is coming at a time when the International Cricket Council and ZC are finalising a plan not only designed to return ZC to financial and cricket health, but more importantly one that also embraces all cricket lovers, including players, fans, families and communities. While we understand Raza's disappointment at not getting a new central contract, we wish to remind him that ZC, as the custodian of the national game of cricket in Zimbabwe, has the prerogative to make decisions to take the sport forward. One of those cannot be to give a central contract to the same player who unilaterally and insolently terminated his old one.


- ZimCricket

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Lupane hospital turns to crowd-funding

by Staff reporter | 22 September 2018 | 97 Views

Cheating exposes affair with minor

by Staff reporter | 22 September 2018 | 178 Views

Married women are jealous of Bev

by Staff reporter | 22 September 2018 | 139 Views

One more arrested over Aug 1 violence

by Staff reporter | 22 September 2018 | 137 Views

Mnangagwa and Chamisa MPs fume over deferred vehicles

by Staff reporter | 22 September 2018 | 178 Views

Mugabe's party has not disbanded

by Staff reporter | 22 September 2018 | 85 Views

Kombi accident death toll rises to 6

by Staff reporter | 22 September 2018 | 78 Views

Mthuli Ncube hints on currency reforms

by Staff reporter | 22 September 2018 | 101 Views

Church slams Zimbabwe gay teacher

by Staff reporter | 22 September 2018 | 82 Views

Dembare reach second round as FC Platinum, Ngezi bow out

by Staff reporter | 22 September 2018 | 96 Views

Man loses 'Toyota Raum' to robbers

by Simbarashe Sithole | 21 September 2018 | 264 Views

International media stampede to interview Mnangagwa

by Staff Reporter | 21 September 2018 | 357 Views

Brutalising vendors must stop

by Jacob Mafume, MDC National Spokesperson | 21 September 2018 | 246 Views

I doubt if Dabengwa really endorsed Mnangagwa - Mthwakazi activist

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 228 Views

Marc Cayeux gives everyone hope after top ten finish in Cape Town

by Agencies | 21 September 2018 | 146 Views

President Mnangagwa debuts at UNGA

by Bevan Musoko | 21 September 2018 | 220 Views

BREAKING: Harare - Johannesburg Intercape bus in accident, 10 people dead

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 389 Views

Stop unnecessary traveling to cholera affected areas - MIHR

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 156 Views

We need Mthwakazi restoration soon

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 150 Views

Rural development agenda should be on the priority list

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 148 Views

IMF offers to help Zimbabwe clear arrears

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 278 Views

Mugabe's party rejoins Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 277 Views

Streak seeks ZC liquidation

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 185 Views

'Chamisa must not waste time fighting Mnangagwa'

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 293 Views

Chipanga appeal thrown out

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 200 Views

New minister cracks the whip

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 207 Views

Deal decisively with Parly delinquents

by Zvamaida Murwira | 21 September 2018 | 202 Views

Mthuli Ncube faces tough choices

by Lovemore Chikova | 21 September 2018 | 221 Views

Currency reform answer to Zimbabwe's economic woes

by Bongani Ngwenya | 21 September 2018 | 204 Views

Dabengwa ditches Chamisa, endorses Mnangagwa?

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 183 Views

Sibusiso Moyo alive & well

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 178 Views

'Mugabe University not a priority'

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 164 Views

Chamisa battles open rebellion

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 193 Views

Prophet up for pregnant woman rape

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 110 Views

Bulawayo pins hopes on devolution

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 113 Views

Nust shut down

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 175 Views

Zimbabweans want US or Zim dollar only, not SA Rand

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 169 Views

Chamisa's MDC Alliance starts merging into single party

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 116 Views