Zim Cricket appoints new finance chief

ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) has appointed Feroza Shariff new head of finance following the departure of Esther Lupepe in December.

Enock Muchinjo

Little is known in sporting circles of Rhodes University-trained Shariff, but she hails from Harare and attended Kwekwe High School. She has previously worked for FBC Bank and auditing firm KPMG.

Her appointment comes as ZC continues to restructure in what appears to be a charm offensive to boost the coffers of the financially troubled cricket board.

Pakistani national Faisal Hasnain is set to take charge of the game in the country as ZC’s managing director.
Hasnain, who left his job as International Cricket Council chief financial officer in December, is taking over next week from the retiring Wilfred Mukondiwa.

Shariff was introduced to ZC staff this week and immediately began work. Her predecessor, Lupepe, left ZC in December after her contract was not extended.

Haisnan and Shariff’s appointments, sources say, are part of efforts by the ZC board to tighten screws on funds and convince the international cricket community that there is genuine turnaround taking place in the Zimbabwe game.
There is talk that the ICC might soon bail out ZC to salvage a game that has teetered on the brink of collapse in recent times.