Zimbabwe news August 13, 2010

Chingoka the block to England resuming links with Zimbabwe

Cricinfo staff

Peter Chingoka, Zimbabwe cricket's long-serving and controversial chairman, remains the obstacle preventing England resuming cricketing ties with Zimbabwe.

While Zimbabwe's rehabilitation into international cricket continues apace with an increasing number of overseas coaches and players heading for the country, it had been hoped England would consider restoring links with the country. But Hugh Robertson, the new sports minister, told the Daily Telegraph that could not happen while Chingoka remained in office.

"The problem is simple," he said. "Zimbabwe cricket is headed by a man who sits on the European Union banned list and he sits on that list for good reasons. As long as he is in charge of Zimbabwe cricket it is extremely difficult for them to be fully integrated into the global cricketing community.

"Officially government advice remains we discourage teams from playing. England will be discouraged from travelling over there and it is difficult for them to come here while their chairman remains on the banned list. It is very difficult to welcome a team here if the chairman cannot get a visa to enter this country."

Chingoka was banned by the EU and subsequently the Australasian authorities over what they claimed was evidence of his close links with the regime of Robert Mugabe. As the longest-serving head of a Full Member country, Chingoka has support within the ICC, but despite vigorous lobbying from various ICC officials, the British government has refused to back down on the ban.

Chingoka's ban caused the ICC annual meeting in June to be switched from London to Singapore and has caused a grossly disproportionate amount of time to be wasted in ICC meetings.

While many inside Zimbabwe believe Chingoka, who has been in office since 1992, would best serve the game by stepping down, he appears reluctant to do so, even though he appears an increasingly peripheral figure.

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  • Levi on August 19, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    this story was released on friday 13 and with all the positivity about ZIM cricket of course an issue of the dark past would soon emerge. ZIM must continue with positive optmisim and to hell with all this negativity ie; colonialism, politics in sport, mugabe, apartheid and so on. to hell with all you pessimists who have no comprehension of ZIM issues as a whole and sit idly by thinking you no what is right and hav no idea of what ZIM means these days, a place to look to in hope, prosperity, development, success. viva ZIM the land of oppurtunity i say

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Why is it that Pakistan, Srilanka, westindies , south africa and India are not bothered about Chingoka. For the record Chingoka and Bvute brought cricket to the majority black kids. This was a white only sport. i remember one incedent, i will not mention names, a white Zimbabwean Cricket player walked out of the team camp because he had been asked to share a hotel room with a black player called Matambanadzo(late).Olonga was the only acceptable black player because he was a son of a Kenyan Doctor and was very rich, he can not speak one african language and he has no clue were the majority black Zimbabweans leave. Andy Flower and Olongo's protest had nothing to do with Human rights in Zimbabwe but it had something to with them seeking asylum in UK and Australia. The world must be informed correctly, all you hear is one side of the story. Also remember Chingoka was audited and cleared by a firm of international auditors and cleared by ICC.

  • Simon on August 17, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    Chingoka has been a central figure in the decline of the FC over the last decade, his policies and his once prized veto powers have now been severely diminished and with that the game can begin too rebuild. But until he is gone the game will never quite get out of its current situation. Zimbabwe need international support but until Chingoka is gone it will not happen and I agree with the reasons why.

  • Andrew on August 14, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    @bharath74 - Chingoka is a direct patsy for Mugabe. Also millions of dollars have dissappeared from Zim cricket over the last 20 yrs as the country is being poorly mismanaged (at best). It is almost impossible not to seperate the 2 issues. Chingoka should step down to allow Zim cricket to re-enter international competition.

  • paul on August 13, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    It's obvious from reading a few of these comments that some people don't know who this guy is.What a stupid thing to say about Andy Flower being Ziimbabwean so England should play against them,you obviously have no idea what Flower believes or stands for as far as is home country and a lot of that has to do with Mugabe supporters like Chingoka.. This man is a embarrassment to Zimbabwe and should be no where near cricket because countries like Australia and England cannot except his ties to Mugabe and the ZANU-PF party.

  • jason on August 13, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    colonial way of thinking, i believe Scotland and Ireland are due to tour zim sometime soon

  • lewis on August 13, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Is zimbabwe still a British colony?, if not, whats England's bussiness on who runs cricket in Zim. This smacks of racism more than anything. Shall we in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Indies say, we will not play England because of the attrocities committed by the British army in Iraq. British soldiers and their keeth Americans are murdering civilians in Afganistan, using the same measure,then England would be the worst team to play cricket with. OH England say no to this nonse, sport unites us , lets not use it as a weapon to divide us. Look at those kids playing in the Zim team an innocent lot. Is Andy Flower's contract going to be cancelled and i see Chigumbura also play in England. WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF RACISM. SAY NO TO RACISM IN CRICKET.

  • Sam on August 13, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Zimbabwe this, zimbabwe that, zimbabwe so so, Chingoka was that,Chingoka was this - we are fed up!! We live in Zimbabwe and we will never understand why England won't play us. We end up not knowing the difference between Mugabe and England-they are all headstrongs!!!!! Just come and play cricket that's all.

    Aha Security !!! A bomb is more likely to explode in England than Harare - Everyone knows that so don't talk about security.

  • jason on August 13, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Here we go again, th colonial master trying to tell us who should run our cricket, we havent payed England in years and we wont lose sleep over it.

    Chingoka changed cricket from being the sport of a prviledged few to being a sport for everyone.

  • Boy on August 13, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Bharath74; well said!!! ECB and England as a nation should keep their political views in their boardroom & parliament respectively...I am positive the only gains made only hurt their egos; what happened to their loyal ally in Howard? Common sense! And by the way, didn't I see an intricate North Korea at the FIFA World Cup in SA a while ago? ICC, open your damn eyes!!!

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