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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 September 2005, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Zimbabwe cricket in fresh crisis
S Carlisle
Stuart Carlisle has been in and out of Zimbabwe's side
Zimbabwe cricket has been thrown into new turmoil as team members protest against a decision to axe four players.

Stuart Carlisle, Craig Wishart, Barney Rogers and Neil Ferreira have all had their new contract offers withdrawn by Zimbabwe Cricket boss Osias Bvute.

"The players expressed views as to what they believed they were worth," said Bvute. "Those figures were in excess of their performances."

He said he had not been "vindictive" in his decision to axe the players.

Carlisle said the sudden withdrawal of the offers came after he and others had asked new coach Kevin Curran to be excused from Sunday's match against India "so that others could be able to gain experience."

He went on: "After we informed Curran late last week about our wish not to play, he went to see Bvute to tell him this and our contract offers were immediately taken back.

"We are therefore out of a job."

Bvute added: "A level one contract is offered on the basis of runs scored and wickets taken, and these players were clearly not perfuming.

"The door is closed for them, even for Ferreira who has played only one match."

Player meetings protesting the situation have been held over the past few days and another is scheduled for Monday between cricketers' association representative Clive Field and Bvute.


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