Zimbabwe is a country of Africa who has become quite a weaker team in cricket now a days but has a long history in cricket. Zimbabwe national cricket team is conducted by Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC). Zimbabwean cricketers get the lowest amount of salary among all the test playing nation’s cricketers. Zimbabwe’s harsh tax laws let the cricketer take only 50% of their salaries to home. The players would still need to pay 40 percent of their medical aid costs from their own pockets.
Categories : There are 5 categories in the ZC announced contract list. The categories are X, A, B, C & D. A player needs to have an average of 45 in ODI & average of 50 in Test to qualify for the Grade X. There is currently no cricketers in the Grade X. The players with the best performances have been placed in Category A, along with the captain. All the cricketers have been included in different categories according to their performances.
Zimbabwean cricketers category & name list
|A||Graeme Cremer, Elton Chighumbura|
|B||Malcolm Waller, Vusi Sibanda, Regis Chakabva|
|C||Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza|
|D||Christopher Mpofu, Brain Vitori, Prosper Utseya, Charles Coventry|
Salary chart of Zimbabwe players
|Elton Chigumbura||USD $1381|
|Graeme Cremer||USD $1381|
|Regis Chakabva||USD $1243|
|Vusi Sibanda||USD $1188|
|Malcolm Waller||USD $1188|
|Sikandar Raza||USD $1177|
|Sean Williams||USD $1112|
|Craig Ervine||USD $1112|
|Hamilton Masakadza||USD $1116|
|Prosper Utseya||USD $1011|
|Charles Coventry||USD $930|
|Christopher Mpofu||USD $ 920|
|Brian Vitori||USD $1011|
Foreign League Experiences : Renowned Zimbabwean Cricketers also play in different T20 Leagues all over the world. Former Zimbabwean captain Brendan Taylor was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Ray Price the former Zimbabwe international was picked by Mumbai Indians. Unfortunately they didn’t appear in a single IPL match but still managed to earn some healthy fees.
Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor & Malcolm Waller had featured in BPL. Taylor was signed by Chittagong Kings, Chigumbura & Hamilton played for Sylhet Royals in BPL 2. In BPL 3, Chigumbura featured for Chittagong Vikings & Waller played in Dhaka Dynamites. Kyle Jarvis & Sean Ervine plays in county cricket for Lancashire & Hampshire respectively.
Zimabwean Cricketers has got some handsome amount of fees from this leagues which has boosted their earnings.
Bonuses For Touring Pakistan :
After the attack on Sri Lankan team bus, back in March 2009, Zimbabwe is the only team so far to visit Pakistan since then. PCB rewarded all the players of the touring squad with USD $12,500 as bonus.
Cricketers Demand :
Zimbabwe Cricket went through some tough periods economically. Players didn’t get the salary in July because of the liquidity problems faced by the board. They have asked for match fees to be paid for every game along with the central contract salaries. Players have demanded USD $5000 for every Test, USD $3000 for every ODI & USD $1500 per T20I.
ZC is facing money crisis & sometimes the cricketers don’t get the salaries they deserve. But the all smiling Zimbabwean cricketers are still trying their best to shine their country’s name in the cricket world.