BELEAGUERED Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) chairman Peter Chingoka and his entire board are already assured of retaining their positions unopposed ahead of the union’s eagerly awaited annual
general meeting today.
Pressure had been mounting to dislodge Chingoka after a protracted feud that culminated in the sacking of 15 senior players over a racially motivated selection policy. Consequently, Zimbabwe’s Test matches have been shelved for the remainder of the year because the country cannot field a competitive side.
But a 12th term for Chingoka was guaranteed when 11 out of 12 board members were retained. Only Kevin Arnott has opted out of the new board for personal reasons.
All the ZCU directors, including the controversial Ozias Bvute and Mac Ebrahim – believed to be the main force behind the dismissal of the 15 rebel players – were elected unopposed.
The development is a major setback for former Zimbabwe skipper Heath Streak and his fellow dissidents, who can now only pray the hardliners return with a soft stance that could see them quickly resuming national duty.
Chingoka early this week declined to comment on the matter, saying the annual general meeting was “just a few days away”.
“But there will be fireworks at the meeting, I can assure you,” a ZCU official, who preferred anonymity, emphasised this week. “I am sure people will not just accept this.”
The ZCU’s constitution – amended recently – reserves automatic places on the board for Mashonaland and Matabeleland provincial chairmen, while the provinces have to nominate two other members to be on the board.
Ebrahim was a relieved man when the provinces nominated him alongside Allan Welsh to join Tavengwa Mukuhlani, the Mashonaland Cricket Association chairman, and his Matabeleland counterpart Ahmet Esat on the new board.