Franchise league crippled ZC: SRC

HARARE - The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) says the establishment of the domestic franchise league was a contributing factor to the problems currently bedevilling Zimbabwe Cricket.

SRC director-general Charles Nhemachena, speaking for the first time since the recent fallout between ZC and the players over a salary dispute, said "questionable governance practices" have contributed to ZC’s financial woes.

"The situation obtaining in ZC is a result of a combination of factors which include, among other issues, political fallout with some top cricket playing nations resulting in significant revenue losses," Nhemachena said in a statement.

"Over-ambitious planning as evidenced by the association leaving beyond its means, establishment of the franchise cricket development model which over relied on the centre ZC for funding and sustenance and questionable governance practices."

The franchise league was introduced in 2010 with ZC deviating from their developmental grassroots structure and in the process completely ignoring club cricket, which had been the backbone of the local game for years.

Financial resources were channelled to the five-team competition at its inception, with overseas professionals being paid handsomely at the expense of locals. 

Nhemachena said the country’s supreme sports regulatory body has been constantly engaging ZC both at management and board levels with the aim of assisting the association to resolve the challenges it is currently facing, adding that: "ZC should now take steps to ensure that same problem does not resurface."

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