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AsifTheManRahman
March 17, 2005, 11:09 AM
Year-long dispute comes to an end

Remaining rebels sign new deals

Cricinfo staff

March 17, 2005

Trevor Gripper: back to work ?Getty Images


Almost all of Zimbabwe's remaining rebel players have signed new contracts with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, effectively bringing to an end a year-long dispute which at one time threatened the future of the game in the country.

Stuart Carlisle, Trevor Gripper and Craig Wishart met with Richard Kaschula, one of the selectors, and were reportedly given a number of assurances before coming to their decisions. It is widely believed that foremost among these is that Max Ebrahim, currently the head of the selection panel, will be replaced in the coming months.

All the rebels have been in discussions with an ad-hoc committee formed to try to resolve the dispute - that committee's report is due to be published at the end of this week. The rebels were handed new contracts a fortnight ago and have been discussing these among themselves and also with their lawyers.

The return of Heath Streak last month signaled the beginning of the end. The strike started with his dismissal, and his unilateral decision to sign a new contract, which reportedly left some of his colleagues unimpressed, made their position untenable. Zimbabwe's shocking performances in the two Tests in South Africa gave the board a further incentive to reach a deal.

With the ICC due to meet today to discuss, among many other things, Zimbabwe, the timing of this announcement has given the ZCU a boost as it looks to counter mounting criticism of on-field performances.

Gripper's return creates an interesting situation. Reports last week indicated that the ZCU had dropped hints that it believed Ray Gripper, Trevor's father, was one of the leading figures behind the dispute. The Zimbabwe Independent published a quote from a source close to the board who said: "The rebels decided to return to national duty because they said they could not let Ray Gripper decide their cricket future."

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Edited on, March 17, 2005, 4:23 PM GMT, by oracle.
Reason: title modification

couger
March 17, 2005, 11:23 AM
This is indeed great news. I welcome their return.

oracle
March 17, 2005, 11:25 AM
Time for another Zim series huh?:)

Shehwar
March 17, 2005, 11:52 AM
This is awesome ! and just in time too....The ICC meeting is going on at the moment..I hope they take this act of Zims into consideration and do not reduce the games of Zims and us...cheers...

AsifTheManRahman
March 17, 2005, 11:57 AM
Yes the ICC meeting is supposed to be held today. I do hope they keep in mind the return of these cricketers and realize that there will be some big boy butt kicking in the next couple of months as zimbabwe tour other countries.

Shehwar
March 17, 2005, 12:05 PM
Originally posted by AsifTheManRahman
....there will be some big boy butt kicking in the next couple of months as zimbabwe tour other countries.

AsifTheManRahman for President !!!!
I like what u say bro...

Fazal
March 17, 2005, 12:28 PM
Originally posted by AsifTheManRahman
.....there will be some big boy butt kicking in the next couple of months as zimbabwe tour other countries.

I hope the Zim team members have big enough butt so that they can accommodate all kicking form the other host countries.

Ameer
March 17, 2005, 06:07 PM
Isn't this bad news? For Bangladesh anyway.

AsifTheManRahman
March 17, 2005, 08:24 PM
Originally posted by Ameer
Isn't this bad news? For Bangladesh anyway.

why? it's good news because the ICC won't think of tiers anymore (hopefully).

i know why you think it's bad news - but i'm sure that's not how we bangladeshi fans would want to look at it.

Spitfire_x86
March 18, 2005, 01:15 AM
Yeah, it's a bad news. We can't beat anyone again.

Tier talks won't stop with return of the rebels. Zimbo's performance was going downhill since for last 3 years. ICC still can think about tier systems. And what can prevent ICC from putting only us in the 2nd tier?

Ameer
March 18, 2005, 07:30 PM
Originally posted by Spitfire_x86
Yeah, it's a bad news. We can't beat anyone again.

Yeah, that's what I meant. Bangladesh did beat Zimbabwe pretty convincingly but it was a severely depleted side.

al
March 18, 2005, 09:32 PM
it's not bad news for bangladesh. Bangladesh needs to show that, they can beat the new side as well to shut up the critics . They have to get used to it anyways.

Edited on, March 19, 2005, 2:50 AM GMT, by al.

James90
March 19, 2005, 12:22 AM
Are Grant Flower and Sean Ervine still retired?

Shehwar
March 19, 2005, 01:38 AM
No I guess.....How come T Friend hasn't returned ?..