Zimbabwe Cricket elects new board of directors December 29, 2006

Chingoka re-elected to as board chairman

Cricinfo staff

Peter Chingoka: survives ...but can he turn things round? © Getty Images
Almost a year after the country's Sports & Recreation Commission dissolved the board of Zimbabwe Cricket and established an interim replacement, a new board has been elected. It will sit for four years.

As expected, Peter Chingoka, who had been acting as the head of the interim board, was elected as chairman, despite continuing unease at allegations of mismanagement leveled against him and other senior ZC employees.

"It is a humbling experience to be re-elected into office and it is a privilege to have worked with such a set of people in the interim committee," Chingoka said. "I am looking forward to an equally united team in the new term. What we have are people of a high calibre and we now have to focus on moving forward.

"The national team has not been playing well of late but there is definitely a lot of talent that only needs exposure and experience to improve. I hope that we are able to regain our spot as No. 9 (from Bangladesh) and I believe that once that has been achieved we would be able to work our way up the ladder.

"We also need to do a lot of work before Bangladesh come here for their tour early next year and we need to work with the technical team that was in Bangladesh to address the mistakes that were made and hopefully improve for the next challenge.

"We have a four-year term and the good thing about the four-year terms is that there is continuity and financial control is stable. The elections will be on each World Cup year because that is when the teams have the largest cash inflow following the events at the games."

Five other directors were elected by the newly-formed provincial associations. They were Wilson Manase, Sylvester Matshaka, Charles Maunze and Tavengwa Mukuhlani and Maureen Kuchocha.

The remaining seven - Cyprian Mandenge, Arthur Maphosa, Baureni Matemai, Philip Matiza, Josphat Mbanda, Brian Mugota and Lavert Zungunde - were elected by the provincial chairmen from among themselves.