A leading Indian sports agent for international cricketers, Joseph Rego, has emerged as the front runner to take over as the head of business development at Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) in the next two weeks, NewsDay Sport has learnt.
Incidentally, Rego, a cricket agent for a number of international cricket players, also heads former Zimbabwe cricket team captain Heath Streak’s charity foundation, which works specifically for the underprivileged children as well as that of former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns.
Although efforts to get an official comment from the ZC chief executive Ozias Bvute were fruitless, Rego, who is currently the vice-president at Magnum Intergrafiks (Pvt) Ltd in India, confirmed to the Times of India he was in the race for the post.
If selected, Rego said he would be in charge of marketing the national cricket side, finding sponsors and ensuring cricket business blossoms in the country, thereby bringing economic spinoffs for local cricket.
“It is rare for Indians to bag major international cricketing assignments outside the area of coaching,” he said.
He added his intricate knowledge of the ways in which cricket functions and experience in organising various global cricket events should stand him in good stead when ZC makes up its mind.
Not a total stranger to assignments with international cricket teams, Rego has successfully dabbled in organising major events that includes the ICC Cricket Week.
The week-long cricket extravaganza is organised by the ICC in Dhaka to promote cricket in developing Asian countries.
In 2001, he organised a unique and exclusive auction of cricket memorabilia of the legendary Australian batsman Sir Donald Bradman in Mumbai.
It is almost commonplace these days for cricket bodies across the world to look outside their shores for talent to either coach or administer the game in their countries.