ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) officials said yesterday former managing director Ozias Bvute was still an adviser to the ZC board despite stepping down as the cricket governing body’s boss two years ago.
Bvute, who was appointed managing director of ZC after Vincent Hogg resigned in 2004, stepped down in June 2012 and was subsequently replaced by his then deputy Wilfred Mukondiwa.
While sources at ZC said Bvute has bounced back at the local cricket governing body albeit in a new consultancy role, ZC maintained that he had been adviser to the board since 2012.
“Mr Bvute was appointed as advisor to the ZC board in 2012,” ZC media and communications manager Lovemore Dube said in a brief response to NewsDay Sport inquiries yesterday
Former ZC board chairman Peter Chingoka and Bvute both hinted the latter’s new advisory role while announcing his resignation two years ago.
Chingoka, who retired from cricket administration in July, then said in a statement that Bvute would be “on hand to offer advice and consultation”.
“I am delighted to confirm that his (Bvute’s) expertise will not be lost entirely to the game as he accepted our request to be on hand to offer advice and consultation, particularly with matters to the commercial opportunities in the game,” said Chingoka.
Bvute himself also said then: “I have relished the job for the last few years and I look forward to remaining involved in the years to come, albeit in a different capacity.”
“The game has, and always will occupy a special place in my heart, and I consider it an honour that the board has asked me to stay involved,” said Bvute.
Rumours on Bvute come when ZC is reportedly luring former Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell to be appointed chief executive officer of the organisation.
According to our sister paper, Zimbabwe Independent, while discussions with Campbell are still at an embryonic stage, sources have suggested both parties seemed keen on engagement as new chairman Wilson Manase moves to form his own management team and restructure the various committees.