ZIMBABWE Cricket board chairman Peter Chingoka has stepped down as board chairman after 22 years at the helm, with his deputy Wilson Manase elevated to the top post in a unanimous decision reached by the board on Wednesday.
Chingoka has been actively participating in cricket administration for 32 years and will assume the role of life president.
The announcement of Chingoka’s retirement from cricket administration is not linked to Zimbabwe’s new low as the national team fell to minnows Afghanistan in the fourth and final One-Day International series, despite falling on the same day.
In an interview with IndependentSport yesterday, Manase said Chingoka decided to step down before his tenure expired so that he could pass on his contacts to the next person.
Chingoka’s tenure was due to expire next year after the World Cup.
“Chingoka has decided to step down after 32 years in service for the game of cricket, said Manase. “He was in the board in the last 22 years and he feels he has done enough for the game and will continue to help as one of the life presidents. He decided to retire before his term expired so that he can pass on his contacts to the next person. The board reached a unanimous decision to appoint me as the interim board chairman to see out his term.”
Chingoka was the first black cricket board chairman; the first black cricketer to play at the high level appearing in a List A for South Africa African XI which he captained in two matches from 1975.
After being involved in club cricket he moved into administration in 1990 as vice –chairman of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union and assumed the top post two years later.
Much happened during his tenure including Zimbabwe gaining Test status in 1992 and the hosting of some of the 2002 ICC World Cup games. He has overseen the spreading of the game to the grassroots.
Manase will be deputised by Maureen Kuchocha who is the new vice-chairperson, a move aimed at striking gender balance.
Manase said his board faces a number of challenges including the financing of the game which he said needs to improve.
“The new board faces a number of challenges; we need to improve a number of areas which include development, we need reorganisation of the administration of the game and we need to look at the marketing and financing of the game which has been poor mainly because of the unwritten sanctions imposed on the game.”