ZC sinks to new low

HARARE - On a day the country was supposed to be celebrating a great milestone of 100 Test matches and our 100th Test player, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) bigwigs decided to grab all the headlines — albeit for the wrong reasons.

Yesterday, ZC officials denied accreditation to journalists from our stable and those from other independent media houses from covering Zimbabwe’s first Test against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club.

Despite sending all the relevant information to process our accreditation on time, in a terse email, ZC media manager Darlington Majonga said: “We regret to inform you that your application for media accreditation was not successful. Please note Zimbabwe Cricket reserves the right to approve or reject applications in its sole discretion.” 

ZC is trying to hide behind a finger here because we are perfectly aware of the true reasons behind this move.

Our stable and some of our colleagues from other media houses are being punished for the objective coverage of the game.

It is not our fault that ZC delayed paying players their match fees and awarding them contracts for the 2016-17 season resulting in a strike which delayed training by at least a week.

The media did not present a falsified audited report to the ZC board members at this year’s Annual General Meeting purporting that it was the final report from HLB Zimbabwe Chartered Accountants.

It’s certainly not our fault that ZC delayed by over three months handing their audited financials to the International Cricket Council (ICC), a prerequisite for all Full Members.

We are certainly not at fault for the collapse of the Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers Association, leaving local players without a union and vulnerable in times of contract negotiation.

The media is not at fault for allowing some of the young cricket talent abandoning the game to look for greener pastures overseas.

We are also not responsible for ZC’s blunder of providing Zimbabwe A players with expired energy drinks during matches against Pakistan A.

Our only crime is that we reported on all these anomalies.

While we have highlighted the wrong things in our local cricket, we have also reported on the positives.

In the run up to this series, we kept our readers informed on all the latest developments in and around the team.

Our cricket correspondent Dean du Plessis tirelessly devoted acres of column space previewing this series.

Even on Friday, we covered the pre-match press conference but Majonga never told us that we will not be allowed to cover the Test series, only to notify us yesterday morning.

It’s a pity ZC is now resorting to Gestapo tactics to try and silence us from reporting about the game that is loved by many Zimbabweans, who rely on the media to give them updates on the matches.

However, we will not be cowed by such dilettantish tactics as we will continue to report objectively on the game whether good or bad.

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