THE crisis in Zimbabwe cricket slipped further away from resolution this week as the government balked at endorsing a Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) recommendation to dissolve the Zimb
abwe Cricket (ZC) board led by chairman Peter Chingoka.
Yesterday, the players announced that they were withdrawing from the Zimbabwe A tour to Bangladesh next month and the Zimbabwe Under 23’s Provincial Cup fixtures due in South Africa in February.
The players had been training in preparation for the assignments following a plea by the SRC to stay on while a committee investigating the crisis in Zimbabwe cricket completes its probe.
However, the players have now run out of patience after their demands for the ouster of Chingoka and managing director Ozias Bvute have continuously hit a brick wall.
“We, as the players, feel decisions have to be made quickly, as we made it clear to the SRC when we met them,” said national team player, Blessing Mahwire, yesterday.
“With all due respect to the minister (Aeneas Chigwedere), this issue requires urgency from everyone. The players want to see things resolved but they have no one to go to.
“The contract issue is still hanging, and players have not received their outstanding payments. We are facing transport problems to attend sessions. It is very stressing for the players.”
The meltdown in Zimbabwe has rested heavily on political will, with the SRC recommendation awaiting Chigwedere’s approval to be effected.
It emerged last week that the SRC committee had resolved to remove the ZC board and replace it with an interim committee of cricket personalities to run the affairs of the beleaguered union pending a lasting resolution to the crisis.
SRC chairman, Brigadier Gibson Mashingaidze, said on Wednesday: “The recommendations and findings are now with the minister. The SRC cannot make decisions without the minister. Our hands are tied. We are an arm of government, and we want the government to advise us. We cannot jump the gun.
“We know players are anxious. We know the stakeholders are anxious. We are worried. The minister has been made aware of the time consciousness of this issue. We are just awaiting his signature.”