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Hussain has a lot to think about
The players, through their representative Richard Bevan, will release a statement on Monday outlining their position on the match to be played in Harare on 13 February.
The chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), David Morgan, revealed on Friday players were "examining their consciences".
He admitted England captain Nasser Hussain had sought him out to express moral concerns after receiving letters threatening violence at the games.
"Nasser advised me that players who were ready to go a week ago were less ready now," Morgan said.
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Bevan said on Sunday he was incensed Morgan would suggest the players were not unified on the matter.
"Maybe we expected to get ambushed by the media but not by the chairman of the ECB," he said on BBC Radio Five Live.
"Players have had reservations for a number of weeks but that's not to say they wouldn't commit to the ECB and go."
Bevan also criticised the British government for not providing England with a lead they could follow.
"If the government had made it clear back in March that there were going to be sporting and economic sanctions maybe players would have taken a stronger lead," Bevan said.
Lamb understands players' concerns
"What is the point in them putting massive pressure on them six weeks before the tournament to make a decision that could financially crucify them?"
The ECB decided on 20 January not to boycott the match, saying the only way players would not be required to honour their contracts is if their safety was at risk.
The ECB's chief executive, Tim Lamb, said he saw no reason for the matches to be switched.
"I have confidence in the security directorate of the ICC and the word seems to be that it is safe for the matches to be played.
"We understand that the players are concerned about the deplorable events that are going on in Zimbabwe but the best information we have is that the players are fully committed to going.
"I very much hope the outcome of the statement will be that the players reaffirm their intention to go provided the security situation is kept under review."
I don't think in life people should take the easy option and grab get out of jail cards
Each participating nation has been assured players will be cocooned by a heavy police presence both in the build-up and during matches.
However, Bevan said that the team had "serious concerns for safety and security".
"In England there is a common sense view that the fixtures should be moved from Zimbabwe and Kenya to South Africa," he said.
The International Cricket Council on Friday confirmed the match, one of six in Zimbabwe, would go ahead.
But representatives of all 10 Test-playing nations will meet again in a further telephone hook-up next Thursday to discuss the matter.
The ICC would not take the "easy option" and move the games on grounds of security, said president Malcolm Gray.
"Zimbabwe is a full member of the ICC and has the same right as every other member to host part of the World Cup when it is in their region," Gray said.
"The ICC is made up of 85 member countries, all coming from different cultural, religious and political backgrounds.
"At this stage we will be proceeding with the matches."