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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, September 2, 2013
HARARE---Overshadowed by threats of a player
strike over unpaid wages, Zimbabwe s two-test
series against Pakistan is set to begin tomorrow
with the home team hit by serious financial prob-
lems and even more unsettled than usual.
Zimbabwe coach Andy Waller warned the player
pay issue will likely spill over to the tests, making
the southern African team s quest for a rare series
win even harder. After threatening to go on strike
before the tour over match fees and then refusing
to train on the eve of Saturday s third one-day inter-
national because of unpaid monthly salaries, Zim-
babwe s players have now given their national body
until Monday to make the outstanding payments.
New coach Waller sees the issue as a major dis-
traction ahead of the opening test in Harare, even
if it is solved at the last moment.
"Unfortunately I think it will be spilling into (the
test series) because I don t think it s all been solved
yet," Waller said. "I m not 100 per cent sure, but I m
under the impression that nothing is definite yet.
There s no doubt about it, it s still on their minds."
With its underdog opposition in such turmoil,
Pakistan will have little excuse for a defeat and having
lifted themselves to an ODI series win after surprisingly
dropping the first game, the tourists will expect to
continue winning---despite talking of caution.
"When we were here in 2011, they really gave us
a tough time in the test match," Pakistan captain
Misbah-ul-Haq said, "and the way they re playing
we should not take them lightly, because they are
playing good cricket. We have to be really on top of
Zimbabwe is only two years on from its return to
tests after a self-imposed six-year exile because of
the country s failed cricket structure, but the problems
that forced it to give up tests in 2005 already are
"I m trying to do the best I can," Waller said.
"Unfortunately I have no control of the other issues
that are going on. I ve just got to try and get them
(players) to push those problems aside as much as
they can and focus on the cricket, which is really the
only thing I can do, and just hope that they can try
and be mentally strong to be able to handle those
situations. It s very hard to say to the guys, please,
let s try and focus on today and concentrate on cricket,
and forget about what s happened. "
Away from financial issues, Waller s worries also
include the ability of a bowling attack depleted by
the early retirement of fast bowler Kyle Jarvis, who
chose English county cricket over his country because
of the ongoing problems. Legspinner Graeme Cremer
is also absent against Pakistan s formidable batting
"The main concern I have at the moment is prob-
ably on the bowling side," Waller said.
"How are we going to get 20 wickets? I m not
LONDON---Australia batsman David Warner s tur-
bulent tour of England has come to an end after
he was dropped for the upcoming one-day series
because of poor recent form in the format.
Cricket Australia says fast bowler Mitchell Starc
will also return Down Under earlier than expected
because of "some lower back soreness."
Warner missed the majority of the Champions
Trophy and the first two tests in the Ashes series
after being suspended and fined for punching England
batsman Joe Root in a late-night, bar-room incident
in Birmingham. He played the last three Ashes tests
and made 53 on Saturday in the second Twenty20
international, but has made just one half-century in
his past 11 ODIs.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann says "David would
acknowledge that unfortunately he hasn t scored the
weight of runs that he would like recently in one-
day cricket for his country."
The five-match ODI series against England starts
Friday in Leeds. (AP)--
Pay issue may spill over to Zim-Pakistan tests
saying our bowlers aren t good, but having lost
someone like Jarvis who could bowl with a bit
of pace and swung the ball and always gave the
chance of picking up wickets, and losing someone
like Cremer who s a quality legspin bowler. That
is one of my concerns at the moment. But I still
believe that our bowlers can go out and do the
It s not completely smooth sailing for Pakistan,
which is sweating on the fitness of batsman
Mohammad Hafeez, who suffered a slight muscle
strain during the third ODI. Misbah expected
him to recover for the tests, though. Younis Khan
has arrived to add batting experience and there s
still the threat of spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdur
"(Spin) is very important because we ve got
two guys who have been performing really well
for Pakistan, Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal,"
Misbah said. "They are something special for
us, winning test matches for us, and we really
bank on them."
Zimbabwe s batting, at least, will be buoyed
by the return of opener Tino Mawoyo from injury.
With wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami also
set to return, captain Brendan Taylor will be able
to focus on his batting and captaining in more
troubled times for Zimbabwe s cricket team.
Australia drops Warner
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