Zimbabwean all-rounder Sikandar Raza recently took to his Twitter handle and expressed his disappointment after being left out of the central contract by Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).
Meanwhile acting managing director of ZC, Givemore Makoni jotted out the reasons why the Board took the decision.
It was via a media release that the Board walked away from its policy of not discussing employee issues in the media. They also confirmed that the acting MD took the decision and it was solely decided by the board’s Contracts Committee.
The board went onto remind Raza of Makoni’s influence on his career. It was when Makoni was at the helm of Southern Rocks. He had allowed the batsman to play for them.
Meanwhile, he also gave ample support to Raza to get Zimbabwean citizenship.
Sikandar Raza didn’t keep his commitment as per Zimbabwe Cricket
“Then 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,” the statement read.
“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,” it added.
Raza was advised by the National Team Managers to indulge in a conversation with the board after the issue sprang up.
However after Raza took to his social media circle to raise the problem, the board also came in his defence.
The contracted players of Zimbabwe Cricket ran till the end of July this year. Despite trying their best to solve the issue, it wasn’t quite possible.
Five of the main players made themselves unavailable for the Twenty20 International tri-series also involving Australia and Zimbabwe. Sikandar Raza then also went onto play the Global T20 League in Canada.