The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) have withdrawn their controversial decision to sack 12 white cricket players for alleged breach of contract.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
Harare:The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) have withdrawn their controversial decision to sack 12 white cricket players for alleged breach of contract and issued a fresh 21-day notice for the players to make themselves available to play. In a statement released on Friday, the ZCU said they had rescinded their decision to dismiss the players "for the sake of the game of cricket". The players, whose first ultimatum to make themselves available for selection expired on May 7, have been "issued with a further 21-day notice to rectify the breaches of their agreements by making themselves available at all times to practice and play". Action against rebels The union warned that if the players failed to comply with the new notice, it would take "such action as it deems fit in terms of its contract with the players". The dispute began on April 2 when former captain Heath Streak verbally objected to certain members of the national selection panel. He was immediately fired by directors who publicly expressed their anger. In response all the white players, with the exception of Mark Vermeulen, demanded his reinstatement together with changes to the selection panel.