ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) board chairman Wilson Manase has explained their decision to appoint former managing director Ozias Bvute as the head of delegation for the tour of Pakistan.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
Bvute, who is an advisor to the ZC board after stepping down as the association’s managing director in 2012, led the Zimbabwean delegation which left the country on Sunday evening.
Manase said they settled for Bvute because of his experience as he was the managing director when Zimbabwe last toured Pakistan in 2008.
“Because of the terrain, which is Pakistan, I had to look back at the people we have in the administration who have the experience and I realised that Ozias Bvute has been to Pakistan before as well as Peter Chingoka,” Manase said.
“Chingoka is writing exams at the moment, but he would also have gone with team. Ozias Bvute was the most suitable candidate and I requested him to travel as head of delegation for this tour.
“He has been in that terrain before, including other subcontinent nations such as India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. We need someone like him who can understand what to do, what to say to the players among other things,” he said.
The prominent lawyer said he would also be joining the tour together with the association’s managing director cricket affairs Alistair Campbell on Thursday.
“I will also be joining the tour after attending some meetings in Cape Town with Alistair Campbell, the ZC managing director, on Wednesday. On that same day, we will travel from Cape Town to Dubai and we connect to Lahore and we will arrive a day before the first match on Thursday,” he said.
The national cricket team, which becomes the first Test-playing nation to visit Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, is scheduled to play two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals (ODIs) to be held in Lahore starting on Friday.
Pakistan v Zimbabwe tour itinerary (all games in Lahore)
May 22 — first T20
May 24 — second T20
May 26 — first ODI
May 29 — second ODI
May 31 — third ODI