ZC now enjoying SA partnership

HARARE – Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) are beginning to benefit from the visit by a high-powered Cricket South Africa (CSA) delegation at the beginning of the year whose purpose sought to improve bilateral relations.

CSA’s four-member delegation comprising chief executive Haroon Lorgat, Chris Nenzani (president), Thabang Moroe (vice president) and chairman audit and risk Louis von Zeuner held a working group discussion with their ZC counterparts during the visit. Chairperson Tavengwa Mukuhlani led the ZC delegation comprising vice chair Sylvester Matshaka, ex-managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa, Givemore Makoni (head cricket affairs), Nesta Vaki (head corporate affairs), Ronald Chibwe (finance committee member) and Enock Ikope (board member).

The purpose of the discussions were to improve co-operation and also centred on a wide range of areas, including better governance, administration, cricket development and technical support for ZC.

They also discussed the resource limitations and realities faced by both countries and the prospects of CSA supporting ZC to improve in all areas of its mandate as well various ICC matters of mutual interest.

The just-concluded Zimbabwe A series against a South African Emerging side is one by-product of the January meeting and a welcome development for the country’s usually action-starved development side.

Zim A, however, lost the first four-day match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, drew the second match at Kwekwe Sports Club before going down 0-3 in the three-match unofficial One Day International series at Harare Sports Club.

The Zimbabwe women cricket team is currently hosting Namibia in five Twenty20 matches in preparation for the ICC Africa Women T20 qualifiers in Windhoek next month and are also set to travel to South Africa where they are scheduled to play at least 11 T20 matches against the country’s provincial sides.

“ZC is grateful to CSA for taking this initiative which follows engagement between the two countries at presidential level. CSA can play a leading role to help us to strengthen our game in almost every respect,” Mukuhlani said then.

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