Manase eyes cricket return

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman – Wilson Manase – has set his sight on returning to the game following the lifting of his four year ban by the Administrative Court last week.

The prominent lawyer had been slapped with the ban following the tour of Pakistan last year against the wishes of the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) who ruled that it was dangerous to travel to the Asian country.

Pakistan had been deemed a dangerous place to tour after acts of terrorism which saw an attack on the Sri Lankan bus in Lahore, 2009.

“I was hurt by the decision which the SRC took and it was like they wanted to side-line me out of sports administration,” Manasa told the Daily News.

“The way I was treated by the SRC made me believe that maybe there was an unseen hand in that decision.”

The Harare lawyer was slapped with sanctions by the SRC who also charged and convicted the ZC.

Manasa, as the ZC interim chairman, was then slapped with the four year ban.

However, Administrative Court judge Justice Herbert Mandeya said that the SRC had erred in the way they instigated their proceedings without giving Manase a chance to defend his case.

“The fact that the judgment has come out, I stand vindicated. I had not taken a unilateral decision to go to Pakistan,” said Manase.

“The truth of the position is that there was a board decision which board decision is still valid which authorised unanimously that the team must go to Pakistan.

“I was non-executive chairman and there was no way I would have unilaterally made the team go but what then happened was that the executive management was the one which was talking to SRC and at no time did I talk to either the SRC chairman or the director general over this matter.”

And Manase has not given up on returning to cricket administration.

“I’m now available to do what is supposed to be done to improve the nature of sports,” he said.

“I have already seen that the Minister of Sport is bemoaning the way sport has died a natural death in Zimbabwe... we need selfless administrators in sport and also people who have the sport at heart.”

Manase took over from long-serving ZC chairman Peter Chingoka on an interim basis in July last year.

“I would not like to brag but the truth is during my short stint at cricket I had managed to revive the spirit of the sport...with sponsors coming on board and also giving some kind of motivation to the sportspersons and I believe that is what we should do,” Manase said.

Manase lost in the elections for the substantive ZC chairmanship to Tavengwa Mukuhlani.

Mukuhlani entered the race on the morning of the elections and sprang a surprise by defeating the Harare lawyer who had appeared to land the post permanently when it first appeared he would run unopposed.

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