Zimbabwe news July 24, 2014

Chingoka steps down as Zimbabwe Cricket chairman

ESPNcricinfo staff

Peter Chingoka has stepped down as chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket and as a board member, following the recent financial controversies involving the cricket board and the national players' salaries. He had headed the cricket board since 1992, when Zimbabwe played its first Test. He became a target of a player strike in 2005, when certain cricketers refused to play till he quit the position. Chingoka was re-elected as chairman in April 2011.

Chingoka stepped down at the board meeting in which ZC had also announced changes to the captaincy and coaching structure. Wilson Manase, who was vice-chairman for four years, will take over from Chingoka. Maureen Kuchocha was named the vice-chairperson, in recognition of the steps taken in women's cricket and the need for gender balance. However, ZC has yet to set a date for the election of a new chairman and until then, Manase will fill in in an interim basis.

According to a ZC press release, Chingoka said his decision was based on the need to have a well-defined succession plan in which it had been agreed that a year before his term he would step down and assist the incoming chairman. He has also made himself available to undertake missions assigned by the board, on request.

The resignation also follows the controversy involving the board's top leadership, who apparently used a $6 million loan from the ICC to enrich a bank on whose board they sit and ignored a key condition of the loan. Chingoka, Manase and former managing director Ozias Bvute all sit on the board of Metbank, one of Zimbabwe's leading banks.

ZC said the main purpose for the ICC loan was to service the current facilities with local banks so that it could borrow again but the plan was upset by the status of the financial market. Chingoka also said it was "wrong and malicious" to allege loss of money when Metbank themselves were owed the most amount of money.

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  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Unbelievably sweet news Too much of everything is bad

  • ZCF on July 25, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    I undestand what it means @and1son. Interim and hopefully fulltime after the elections. Contrary to some sentiments here, change is important but I'm sad that PC is leaving "officially". But clearly he is not lost to the local game entirely. Which is heartening to know.

    "Peter Chingoka has stepped down as chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket and as a board member ... He has also made himself available to undertake missions assigned by the board, on request." - That's all that's important. The rest is immaterial.

  • Barry on July 25, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    A ray of hope to quell the agony of Afghan defeats.

  • Farai on July 24, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    The transition is not complete until a new chairman is selected and has to be someone with no ties to politics or Metbank. @ZCFOuutcast you misread the statement. An interim chairman does not mean he gets the job. It's common in sport or even politics when a leader leaves or is removed and someone holds the title until a new person is chosen. But Manase should not get the job full time which I agree with

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    This is a day worth celebrating

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    about time the guy went. time to bring our boys back and play cricket!!

  • Delan on July 24, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Finally some good news for Zimbabwe Cricket. Hope they can a fresh clean start, but I fear the new Chairman may be just the same

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Now cricket can start! This was long overdue. Finally reason reigns!

  • ZCF on July 24, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Let us not play games here. Just as Ozias Bvute left with his influence as Managing Director intact albeit not official, the same applies to Peter Chingoka(afterall don't the same conflicts of interest pointed to Chingoka applay to Manase as well?) To deny that would be reason that the return of Alistair Campbell, Dave Houghton, Dirk Viljoen, Ellman-Brown, Heath Streak&Grant Flower, etc in various capacities; as well as the appointment of coaches Alan Butcher plus Bundu Waller along with Brendan Taylor as captain were not done as a window dresssing exercise to appeal to and appease certain noisy sections of the judgemental global cricket fraternity. Naturally, as those figures gradually left, so did the sponsors, number of country players appearing in the Logan Cup and tv deals.

  • Tichadi on July 24, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Finally!!!!! But whoever will take over is just another Chingoka so no big deal here.

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