THE dispute in the Mashonaland Cricket Association (MCA) is now set to spill into the courts with the former MCA board filing an appeal challenging the legality of the new MCA board, Independent
Sport has been told.
Deposed MCA chairman Tawengwa Mukuhlani told IndependentSport this week that lawyers representing him and three other axed board members, Abib Hamid, Kudzai Shoko and Bruce Makovah, have sent papers to the new MCA board advising of their decision to appeal against their dismissal.
The four were removed from the powerful provincial association following a vote of no confidence passed by clubs during a special general meeting on December 22. Mukuhlani, who chaired the meeting where clubs accused his administration of sympathising with Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on the disputed re-branding exercise and misrepresenting the clubs, said his board had not approved of the meeting.
“The board did not agree on the meeting. But we just decided that since clubs had said they wanted to go ahead with the meeting, we did not want to be a stumbling block,” Mukuhlani said “Also, we had agreed to set the agenda for the meeting which was to discuss the change of logo and name. We were very surprised that people did not stick to the agenda item.”
Mukuhlani accused the new MCA board of fuelling the ZC/MCA impasse, saying the new board opted for a standoff when they had an option for dialogue regarding the re-branding.
“Before the dispute broke out ZC approached MCA to discuss several issues affecting cricket. MCA agreed to discuss everything apart from the re-branding, and indication that they were rearing for a fight.”
However, Cyprian Mangenge, the incumbent MCA chairman, acknowledging receipt of the court papers, said his board was legally covered and not moved by the court challenge.
“We were elected by stakeholders in the province, which are the clubs and they (the former board) were removed by the same stakeholders. There is no basis in that appeal of theirs,” said Mandenge, “Our lawyers are currently looking at the affidavit and will respond to them soon.