Sikandar Raza resolves contract issue with ZC, reinstated into the national team

Raza is now part of Zimbabwe's squad for the tour of Bangladesh

Sikandar Raza is one of Zimbabwe's best players | Getty

Right-hand batsman Sikandar Raza has been recalled for Zimbabwe's upcoming tour of Bangladesh after having resolved his recent contract issues with the game's governing body in the country, Zimbabwe Cricket(ZC). 

Raza, who had played club cricket in England without obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC), was denied the same ahead of the inaugural Global T20 Canada League in Toronto, following which he had gone ahead to terminate his own national contract. This is when the board took a strict action against him and dropped from the team's plans for the tours to South Africa and Bangladesh. 

Thankfully, on Monday, September 24, Raza was involved in a lengthy discussion with the ZC administrators, where he not only apologised for his actions but also reassured the board of his commitment to the national side. Subsequently, the selectors eventually reinstated him as an integral part of the team. 

While it has been confirmed that Raza will not play the limited-overs series (3 ODIs and 2 T20Is) in South Africa, starting September 30, although he'll travel with the side for three ODIs and two Tests to Bangladesh. 

Speaking on the development, Raza was quoted saying, "I am extremely delighted with the news and thanks to ZC who quickly sorted out my issues. I just want to put this behind me and concentrate on and enjoy my cricket," 

Also in his response, acting managing director of ZC, Givemore Makoni, with whom Raza had problems for "discussing employee issues in the media" said, "We are pleased to have found common ground with Sikandar, who is is one of our best players. We welcome him back to the national team set-up and we hope he will contribute immensely in Bangladesh and in future tours," 

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Kashish Chadha - 26 Sep, 2018

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