ICC rescues Zimbabwe Cricket

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THE International Cricket Council (ICC) have come to the rescue of the financially beleaguered Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) after approving a loan believed to be in the range of $3 million, Parliament heard yesterday.

BY HENRY MHARA
SPORTS REPORTER

The disclosures were made by ZC chairman Peter Chingoka when he appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport chaired by Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa.

The committee grilled Chingoka and his team over a number of issues including the recent player strike which ended this week, the racial imbalances in the national team and the total amount they owe their stakeholders.

ZC’s debt is believed to be hovering above $20 million, including a $15 million owed to a local bank. Chingoka said their budget for this season stands at $20 million.

The financial problems have resulted in a player strike while planned tours by Sri Lanka and Afghanistan could not materialise, while a proposed one off Test against South Africa also failed to take off.

During his presentation, Chingoka said as a desperate measure, they have applied for a loan from the ICC to pay off the players’ outstanding fees.
He said the loan has been approved and they should receive the money next week.

“The players (centrally contracted) are owed $320 000 in match fees from the matches against India and Pakistan last year but we should be able to pay them by next week,” said Chingoka.

Chingoka told the Parliamentarians that the current financial problems stemmed from their match against India where the TV rights for the series were cut, leaving the ZC with a $1.5 million deficit.

Another issue that topped the discussion which lasted for over two hours was the “racial imbalance in the national team.”

Mliswa queried why ZC continue to appoint white coaches for the national team, which he said is “against the government’s policy of empowering blacks.”

He also asked why the national team is still captained by a white player “34 years after independence.” Mliswa also asked for an explanation on why white players continue to dominate the national squad.

“The game of cricket is now in the hands of the blacks, the convener of selectors is black, why is it that at a time that Steve Mangongo who had served as assistant coach under Alan Butcher and had proved himself in the home tour against Bangladesh was overlooked in favour of someone else who was out of the system,” Mliswa queried.

“The logic is that Mangongo was employed to understudy Butcher with the view of taking over yet when the opportunity arose you guys looked elsewhere, are you saying he is not good enough?”

ZC vice chairman Wilson Manase responded by saying that while Mangongo had been impressive especially when he led the team to a Test win and an ODI series win against Bangladesh, he is yet to meet the standards required for the national team coach.

“While we cannot go into detail about some of the things that we looked at in the interviews, we felt he still needed a little bit of sharpening but the plan is that at some point he will get the job. It was a tough decision and we appreciate that he is a good coach and we deliberately delayed Waller’s appointment to give him a chance against Bangladesh. But we also have to point out that we are not racists, we select players and technical staff on merit and nothing else. We are playing Test cricket we have to be careful to preserve that. ”

20 COMMENTS

  1. Pfutseke Temba Mliswa enda unofa wakuda kuwuraya cricket iwe mbwaaaa. Let players and coaches be picked on merit. Ko racial in balance yekubhora y not address that one too. Mliswa u r a racist pig

  2. Themba mliswa is a narrow minded individual, what racial imbalance is he talking about? Did he take a look at the provisional 21 member squad named. A captain should be picked on merit color. #smh get a life u prick

  3. zva mabhoyi akaita takeover administration panechichiri kufamba here ku cricket kwacho kana kutoti the game is dying. we thought young legislators like mliswa will be of a mindset different from the likes of mutasa asi iiii, zvakaoma!

  4. Temba, wakakwana here? What racial imbalance are you talking about? How many whites are there in the national team compared to blacks??? Does that head have brains or what? Peter Chingoka has been at the helm since when? And the black man is taking the game down, and its clear for everyone to see. If there was no problem in cricket, would you have surmoned them before your committe? Let everyone be picked on merit. We had Tatenda, we had Prosper as captain at one point, saka unodeyi nhai iwe Temba? Iwe uri murudziyi, pure Zim??? My opinion is, you Temba you are one of the worst racists in this country. If you were a white French man, i think with your racist attittude you would not dare watch the French soccer team play, because it is literally dominated by blacks!

  5. Mliswa is just a boot licker. All this waffling is just to be heard and please somebody up there, otherwise all his contribution is nonsense. Kufamba ne politics muhomwe stupid man. Fambiranaiwo nenguva akoma musatinyadzise.

  6. So pleased to see so many of us speak out against racism in cricket. Well done! I feel it is well overdue that incompetent dinosaurs like Chingoka went. I say Wilson Manase for Chairman and see our boys reclaim their rightful place in world cricket.

  7. Congratulations Newsday readers. You have finally agreed on something. Temba munhuwese ari kuti you are a racist bharanzi. Well why not do a story on Position paper at ICC abouyt how Zim will vote for Britain, Australia and India to get more money and power than all ICC members and then boot out Zimbabwe?

  8. The Parliamentary Committee failed dismally to find out why the ZC is in this financial dilemma. It was an ideal oppertunity to ask ZC for their Salary schedule an find out exactly what the former and current Chief Executives, and current administrators are earning, also what the allowances the Chairman and Board is receiving. The nation will sure be shocked at the obscene salaries!!

  9. THE WHOLE CRICKET BOARD MUST GO @ SAUNDY MANASE IS NO BETTER THAN CHINGOKA THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE TOGETHER FOR YEARS AND VACHIDYA VESE I AM GIVING YOU FIRST HAND COS I ONCE WORKED FOR ZC VANONGOZVIFUNGA IVO VASINGAFUNGE MAPLAYERS IN 2008 WHILST PLAYERS WR EATING CHUNNKS IN CAMP ZVICHINZI WE DNT HAVE MONEY PABOARD MEETING THEY WOULD HAVE FIVE STAR MEALS VACHIPANANA MAZI APPRECIATION FEES AND MANASE WAS THE LEGAL ADVISOR THEN

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