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Cricket in death throes


TO the tourist attraction, if that is not a complete misnomer in today’s tourist-free environment, of the Zimbabwe Ruins let us now add the Zimbabwe Cricket Ruins!


etica, sans-serif”>Following faithfully the example set by the leadership of this country, the so-called leadership of what was Zimbabwe’s last competitive team sport, cricket, cling desperately to their posts while all about them collapses.

And so it has come to pass that greed has triumphed over goodness and where the old Zimbabwe Cricket Union was run by a handful of dedicated people, its successor, Zimbabwe Cricket, is stuffed to the gills with avaricious, self-important ignoramuses and sundry hangers-on. Not for these destructive leeches the good of the game, but merely what they can grab from it while there’s still a chance.

It is a supreme irony that the current administration of Zimbabwe Cricket, most if not all of them drawn from the ranks of what is fashionably called “persons previously disadvantaged”, are the very people now in the process of rendering the game of cricket, and especially those who play it, disadvantaged for decades to come. All in the name of greed and self-aggrandisement.

They could not know in what contempt they are held by the public at large and cricket-lovers in particular, for otherwise even they would surely have stepped aside and admitted defeat by now. Or would they?

Let me quote, in conclusion, from a book by former Australian Test player and selector, John Benaud, younger brother of the more famous Richie. In the book, titled Matters of Choice, John Benaud quotes his late father, Lou Benaud, himself a dedicated club cricketer until the ripe old age of 52, as saying, in one instance: “Players are regarded as too old at 30 these days. It is just the opposite with administrators, who never know when to retire.” And “ethics and cricket are like true friends, never at their best when parted”!

May I suggest that people like Peter Chingoka and Ozias Bvute, to name but two of the current gang in charge of cricket’s demolition in Zimbabwe, obtain a copy of this book, read it carefully and then search what remains of their consciences before leaving the field of play once and for all.

Peter Lovemore,

Harare.

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