Zimbabwe news October 15, 2010

Chingoka on Pakistan Task Team

ESPNcricinfo staff

Peter Chingoka, Zimbabwe Cricket's long-standing and controversial chairman, has been appointed by the ICC as one of its Pakistan Task Team, originally constituted to assist with the country's return to staging home Tests and now expanded to "help the Pakistan Cricket Board to carry out any reforms which may be deemed necessary to restore confidence in the administration of the game in Pakistan".

His appointment at a time his own position at the helm of Cricket Zimbabwe is under increasing pressure comes despite his own board having been the subject of a major ICC investigation a few years ago. In 2008 an independent audit commissioned by the ICC highlighted "serious financial irregularities" within the board of which Chingoka was head.

While Zimbabwe are taking major strides on their own rehabilitation into the international community, much of the credit for that is given to Ozias Bvute, official the board's chief executive but increasingly the face of the board.

"He is not exactly a shining example of how to run an administration," said one former colleague and Zimbabwe board member. "Given all that's happened on his watch it would be hard to find someone less likely to advise another board on how best to run their affairs."

Chingoka remains banned from entering the European Community because of what the authorities claim to be his links to the Mugabe regime, and he was recently identified by the new British government as being the major obstacle to a return of cricketing relations with Zimbabwe.