Strike timed to embarrass Chingoka
All the matches in the Matabeleland Cricket Association First League set for Sunday have been called off, and a stakeholders meeting has been called at Queens Sports Club where a decision is set to be made on whether Matabeleland continues to associate itself with Zimbabwe Cricket.
"All clubs in Matabeleland are boycotting cricket starting this weekend pending a stakeholders meeting to be held on Thursday," a spokesman said. "We are doing this to send a clear message to the ICC that Peter Chingoka does not have the mandate of anyone in Zimbabwe. So who is he representing in that meeting?"
With Matabeleland turning against Chingoka, he appears to have almost no support among any of the country's major clubs. Although Mashonaland backs him at provincial level, the six major clubs - Takashinga, Old Georgians, Alexandra Sports Club, Harare Sports Club, Old Hararians and Universals - have all split from the official provincial league in protest against the leadership of Cyprian Mandenge, a close ally of Chingoka and ZC managing director Ozias Bvute. A result of that dispute was evident in Mashonaland's substandard side during the Faithwear Provincial One-Day tournament.
|The ICC has effectively endorsed all that has been done ... they know the reality, and yet they have done nothing to help|
"If the ICC still chooses to believe that Chingoka is in control and has the support of the stakeholders, then we might as well all give up," he told Cricinfo. "The situation continues to get worse and the ICC has effectively endorsed all that has been done. They know the reality, and yet they have done nothing to help. The meeting next week represents the last chance for them to act"