A SPIRITED campaign to remove the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) board has gathered unprecedented momentum over the past week with a cross-section of cricketing stakeholders bitterly blaming the administration for presiding over the decline of the sport.
By Enock Muchinjo
Fans, past players, former administrators and ex-employees — based at home and abroad — have come together to lobby government officials and parliamentarians to lawfully dissolve the current ZC board and pave way for an inclusive interim committee composed of competent individuals with impeccable track-record in the game.
Failure to qualify for the 2019 World Cup has shaken Zimbabwean cricket to the core, and while selection and technical factors have been spoken of as having played a part — popular consensus is that years of systematic mismanagement at ZC has culminated into this devastating blow.
Now the stakeholders have pulled out all the stops to influence the powers that be to wield the axe. On Sunday, a group called the “Push Committee” will be dispatched to meet Norton legislator Temba Mliswa, a member of the parliamentary portfolio committee on sport.
The group includes former international and first-class players alongside coaches, then former administrators, as well as fans’ representatives. They will then proceed on Monday to meet Sports Minister Kazembe Kazembe, who will be furnished with dossiers chronicling alleged maladministration and incompetence of ZC.
Meanwhile, Mliswa will address a press conference in Harare this morning to exert more pressure on ZC.
Wrote Mliswa yesterday in a short statement: “Topic: 1) Remarks following the recent dismissal of Heath Streak and Tatenda Taibu 2) Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify for the Cricket World Cup 3) Going all out to restore pride in our national cricket team . . . the current ZC board must go!”
A top source told the Zimbabwe Independent this week that the fate of the ZC board could be decided as early as “the next few days”. The future of ZC managing director Faisal Haisnan could be left hanging in the balance in the event of any drastic action against the board.
Meanwhile, Pakistani-born Haisnan, this paper can reveal, has been out of the country since last November, even missing the World Cup qualification hosted by Zimbabwe in March.
“He left the country mid-November during the military intervention in the country and hasn’t been back since,” said a ZC insider.
“Not a lot of people in the organisation know why he is away, or if he left for security reasons or just official leave. Maybe one or two people at the top in ZC know why he left.”
Curiously, it was Haisnan who informed national team coach Heath Streak of his sacking last week. The former International Cricket Council (ICC) finance chief was appointed MD of ZC in May 2017 to replace the retiring Wilfred Mukondiwa.