The Sports Campus reports that Zimbabwe's domestic season has been delayed by three weeks, to give the new franchises more time to finalise their squads - there are apparently 17 former players who are in negotiation with the sides but who have yet to sign contracts, and the delay seems to be aimed at allowing those negotiations to be completed. The delay was confirmed by Alastair Campbell, is his role as head of ZC's Cricket Committee, who indicated that a revised domestic schedule would be issued shortly.
The Committee has said that this will allow all franchises to complete the signing on of their players, including the allocation of 17 former players who are in negotiations with the franchises but are as yet unsigned. ZC is confident that by the start of the new season, all other elements around the operation of the franchises will also be in place.
"We would like to see each franchise coming into the game with a complete team that will train together and begin the pursuit of the new domestic season as a cohesive unit ," said Campbell in a telephone interview.
He added that to meet the playing objectives, the Cricket Committee was also in the process of re-looking the draft playing calendar for the domestic season and that this would be finalized and circulated by the end of the coming week.
"We are thankful that the board has been supportive of these recommendations, and we eagerly await the start of the domestic cricket season, " he concluded.
The report also notes that two more members have been added to the national selection panel - David Mutendera and John Rennie, both former national team players.
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