ZCU earmarks $320m for development

Staff Writer

THE Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) has channeled $320 million towards the development of the game at grassroots level this season.

ans-serif”>The ZCU which grossed a profit of $10 billion last season, has identified the national team and development as its priorities in its operations this season.

The two areas have therefore received the lion’s share in the budget.

“Our two main focal points are the national team and development, for which we have budgeted more funds,” said Peter Chingoka, chairman of ZCU.

Vince Hogg, the ZCU managing director revealed that $320 million has been set aside for development of the game on a national scale. Schools are the main target.

Seventy-nine development coaches are currently employed by the ZCU and are deployed in schools across the country. An additional 28 coaches produced by the CFX Academy are also working in schools and communities for the development of cricket.

As part of the developmental programmes the ZCU will continue establishing cricket facilities in schools and communities. To date, concrete pitches have been laid at 44 primary and 24 secondary schools. Last year five practice nets and a centre wicket were constructed at the Mabvuku Sports Centre in Harare.

Construction of Takashinga Cricket Club in Highfield is at an advanced stage with $46 million having been spent on the ground and clubhouse complex. A similar project at Emakhandeni in Bulawayo is also under construction.