The Zimbabwe crisis June 8, 2004

Chingoka meets ICC in Dubai

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Peter Chingoka: keen to get exposure for his young side © Getty Images
Peter Chingoka, chairman of the Zimbwabe board (ZCU), arrives in Dubai today to meet representatives of the ICC in a bid to salvage Zimbabwe's international status. He travels with two other representatives of the board - Clive Barnes and Max Ebrahim.

Chingoka remains confident that Zimbabwe will not lose their Test status. He sees the aim of his trip being to arrange more matches - first-class but not Test - for Zimbabwe's fledgling side.

"We are meeting with the ICC and some of the Test nations to deliberate on our road map aimed at giving as much exposure and experience to our youthful squad as a way of expediting their competitiveness," he told the Press Association. "This might involve having more four-day matches for the team against various countries. The situation will be clearer after the meetings on Wednesday and Thursday."

Chingoka brushed off questions concerning the rebel players. "These players no longer have contracts with us and we have not been in touch with them."

The irony of Ebrahim being in Dubai arguing Zimbabwe's case will not be lost on the rebel players. Ebrahim, a national selector, is one of the figures who they associate closely with the politicisation of the board, and who is accused by many of disciminating against cricketers opposed to the government.