Raza’s Zimbabwe future in doubt as he joins English club

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Raza’s Zimbabwe future in doubt as he joins English club

Post by Dr_Situ(ZimFanatic) » Thu May 31, 2018 6:25 am

IMBABWE cricket allrounder Sikandar Raza has joined English side Shelley Cricket Club fueling speculation that his move could signal the end of international cricket career with the senior national team.

Raza, 31, who was part of the Matabeleland Tuskers side currently competing in the ongoing Pro50 Championship, arrived in England on Friday, with his new club confirming his signing

“We are delighted to announce our new signing Sikandar Raza has arrived. Sikandar brings a wealth of talent and experience to Shelley having represented Zimbabwe in all three formats, including 10 tests & 85 ODIs.

“Welcome to Shelley Sikandar and good luck for the season,” the club said in a statement.

Shelley Cricket Club competes in the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League, the premier cricket competition in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England.

The league has been in existence since 1891 and now has 44 clubs representing suburbs of Huddersfield and villages in the Huddersfield District area and surrounds.

Raza’s decision to play for the English club comes at a time when national team players, who are owed salaries, allowances, match fees and bonuses, threatened to boycott the home tri-series with Australia and Pakistan in July if they are not paid.

While it remains unclear whether Raza will remain available for the national team, the Pakistan-born Zimbabwe international recently told NewZimbabwe.com that he was considering his future amid fears of fresh financial problems for ZC in the wake of the national team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

The local cricket governing body which is saddled by a debt of around $19 million has been struggling to pay players and members of staff on time due to financial constraints.

The 2019 World Cup will be the first time that Zimbabwe will not participate in a World Cup since 1979.

As an Associate nation, Zimbabwe qualified for the World Cup in 1983, 1987 and 1992 by winning the respective ICC Trophy tournaments for Associate countries that preceded each of those World Cups.

After being elevated to Test status, Zimbabwe received automatic entry to the following six World Cups beginning in 1996 through 2015.
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Raza marked his debut with a great allround performance. A century, 2 wkts and a catch. In the second match, he took 5 wickets.
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Re: Raza’s Zimbabwe future in doubt as he joins English club

Post by CrimsonAvenger » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:57 am

Even if he is away for now. let's hope that this is more of a mini-detour like the ones Taylor and Sibanda took in order to explore Australian Grade Cricket some years ago.

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Post by Mr Twig » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:06 am

He's also made the Montreal Tigers side for the inaugural Canadian T20 league

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Post by CrimsonAvenger » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:12 am

Raza snapped up by Montreal Tigers in the Canada T20 league. It runs 28th June to 15th July. Clearly in conflict with the T20I tri-series. He's gone for now.

Also shows either:

1. No other Zimbo put his name forward OR
2. No other Zimbo was considered worthy of selection even for this league

We have not played domestic T20s for ages now. That shows.

A UAE T20 league has been announced. Their board claims that ZC is one of the boards that has announced "support". Not sure what that translates to for players - will it attract more Zimbo players to the league? Hope so.

Options growing for people like Raza.
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He's also made the Montreal Tigers side for the inaugural Canadian T20 league
Ah, you were just a few minutes early :)

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Post by Kriterion_BD » Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:23 am

Really did not expect Raza of all people to leave. He was the most passionate of the boys out there despite not being born in ZIM!

Why put a Canadian league over your country.
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Post by TapsC » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:25 am

Playing in Canada over the tri-series. We have really hit rock bottom :lol:

Raza can easily be a t20 mercenary. He has the skill and is very well received in the sub-continent. He could easily bounce around different tournaments as well as play in ODI leagues like he did in Bangladesh. He is one of the lucky few who geneuinely dont need ZC.

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Post by sloandog » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:27 am

Kriterion_BD wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:23 am
Really did not expect Raza of all people to leave. He was the most passionate of the boys out there despite not being born in ZIM!

Why put a Canadian league over your country.
Seriously? After all the shit he's taken and the lack of payment, you really ask that question?
ZC needs to be dispanded while these crooks are running the show. My interest is dwindling quikcly as any success we achieve is window dressing for the diabolical situation behind the scenes.

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Re: Raza’s Zimbabwe future in doubt as he joins English club

Post by TapsC » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:55 am

Just looked at the other names involved. It looks its going to be big.. wow this is shameful. We should be embarrassed

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Post by ZIMDOGGY » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:20 am

Sort of goes againt his 'all heart for Zim' image hes had over the last 12 months.

It looks like he's weak and running from the fight now. Leaving the boys behind.
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Re: Raza’s Zimbabwe future in doubt as he joins English club

Post by sloandog » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:15 pm

ZIMDOGGY wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:20 am
Sort of goes againt his 'all heart for Zim' image hes had over the last 12 months.

It looks like he's weak and running from the fight now. Leaving the boys behind.
Or he's just completely tired of the bullshit and has the common sense to utilize his skills where they're going to be more appreciated. Just saying

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