The Zimbabwe Nation Is Extremely Angry 

March 29, 2018
By Enock Muchinjo
The Independent Sport

WITH the nation still trying to come to terms with the Cricket World Cup tragedy, great pressure has been brought to bear on the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) administration to resign en masse and allow new beginnings in the wake of the awfully unfortunate circumstances that have befell the game.

Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, the first time the African side will not be playing in the game’s premier showpiece since 1983, could have massive and far-reaching repercussions on the game in terms of finances and talent-drain.
Financially-troubled ZC in recent years offset its huge debts against revenue accrued from such tournaments as the 50-over World Cup, which provide a significant financial relief to Zimbabwe over a four-year cycle, and without it the local cricket governing body will be rendered considerably handicapped.
With the World Cup windfall blow likely to hit hard an already struggling organisation, players — who will have fresh memories of payment-related industrial action — will find the grim prospects of going through it all again not worth the time and energy.
This week, talismanic all-rounder Sikandar Raza could well have opened the lid on the disillusionment in the team when he hinted on quitting international cricket in the aftermath of the World Cup debacle.
It appears Zimbabwean cricket – which since the early 90s had enjoyed special privileges of automatic World Cup qualification and other benefits that came with being a Test nation and full member of the ICC — has now entered unchartered waters.
An avalanche of blame is being heaped on those entrusted with running the game in the country.
Perhaps the hardest hitting of the critics against the ZC administration has been the UK-based Patrick Gada, a former first-class cricketer now coaching in the structures of county side Nottinghamshire.
“They say where there is no vision people perish,” Gada wrote in a letter addressed to President Emmerson Mnangagwa this week.
“We could say Zimbabwe cricket perished when it failed to qualify for the 2019 World Cup against a part-time team (United Arab Emirates) a few days ago. However, the truth of the matter is that Zimbabwe Cricket perished a long time ago.
“Fingers are being pointed by the ZC board at the unilateral decision by selectors for the team they selected and the bad decisions made on the day. Yes, there was no need to change the team combination that had brought some success. We could partly blame the selectors as Tavengwa Mukuhlani (ZC chairman) has indicated in the Zimbabwe press. But Mukuhlani and his board have the disadvantage of not having any ground to stand on when blaming selectors. This is nothing but an exercise in deflecting attention from the real issues of incompetent administration.
“We need a new board made up of young forward thinking people who have a passion for the game. Young people who will provide fresh vision and take Zimbabwe Cricket in a different direction. We need a board that will be accountable to its players and adhere strictly to the rules of good corporate governance. What we need is honesty from the old board to acknowledge their shortcomings and do the right thing and step down. We do not want it to be a fight that will waste time.”
Former administrators who saw Zimbabwean cricket through its golden era have also spoken out against the current leadership, with one long-serving ex-director describing the World Cup blow as a “great pity” and calling for drastic measures to rescue the situation.
“I think that it is a great pity that Zimbabwe has not reached the finals of World Cup,”
“The cricket followers and the nation are extremely angry and disappointed. There is much apprehension on the future of the game. Our finances and development programmes could be seriously affected. The effect on cricket in Zimbabwe will be disastrous.
“I think if there are people to blame are those that took over the administration of ZC around 2001 thereabout.
Their bullying, and mismanagement and manipulation of the board and provinces have taken toll now. We need proper provincial boards that are elected and not handpicked by someone sitting on the board. The board too has to be elected. The present system where certain board members nominate their friends through patronage and nomination has been abused. The result is that we have a board that is incompetent and has no passion or understanding for the game. Provincial boards and affiliates must nominate board members and they should be elected at the AGM.”
Intense emotions have certainly been flowing since last week, but Robin Brown, the former national coach who played in Zimbabwe’s maiden World Cup in 1983, believes the problem lies in inadequate game time at the level below international cricket.
“I really feel for these kids, it’s a big blow not to qualify,” said Brown, who has also coached Kenya.
“But I feel we are playing little domestic cricket. . . it’s just international, international, international. We need a lot of league cricket. We need to play lots of league cricket and at least three Logan Cup games per month.
“In the 1980s and 1990s, by May, June, we already knew the fixtures for the following year, and most were fulfilled.
“I don’t like to talk about money…but getting to play lots of league and first-class cricket is hugely important. I don’t know if it costs a lot of money.”


Cephas Zhuwao plays a record breaking innings.

Cephas Zhuwao commonly known in Zimbabwe Cricket circles as “Big Bully” scored an impressive and record breaking innings of 265 of 318 balls in a four day match for the Mash Eagles. His batting perfomance included 25 fours and 13 sixes. This is what he had to say after the innings  “I really can’t explain the excitement I have after scoring a massive record breaking 265 in one inning, it has always being my wish to score big and break records. Thanks to my father Prophet Walter Magaya, family, friends and teammates without you I wouldn’t be where I am now.. more to come” Cephas Zhuwao will be hoping to catch the eyes of the selectors for the upcoming tours and World Cup Qualifiers scheduled for March 2018 in Zimbabwe.

Zim A lose second game to UAE

Zimbabwe A lost the second unofficial One day match to UAE in Dubai at the ICC Academy ground.

After setting a total of 244 in 50 overs Zimbabwe lost by 5 wickets for the UAE to go two up in the five match series. At one point Zimbabwe was struggling at 95-5 but the end they managed to go past the 200 mark and end up at at 244 in their 50 overs P Masvaure was top scorer with 89 and T Chisoro 59. The UAE have their work cut out as they only have to win the next match to seal a series win for Zimbabwe. The top scores for the UAE Usman 71 and Boota 71. Zimbabwe’s problems continue as they struggle to find a winning formula and they will have to dig deep if they are to win the series. 

Big Five Pro-15 Summer Cricket Championship 2017

This year’s edition of the Big Five Pro-15 Summer Cricket Championship promises to be bigger and better. 

Ramah Academy

Are you a cricket loving parent or rather a parent looking for something to keep your kids busy start of the upcoming school holiday then make a date with Ramah Cricket Academy and register for your son to play in the fun entertaining and educative tournament.

AW Sports and Ramah Academy

 Very often sports are seen as just a hobby where kids just run around and burn energy but little or no emphasis is put on how sports can be used as a vehicle to educate children about the environment, health, community and our culture. This tournament is designed to bridge the gap between education and sports. What better way for our kids to learn about the Big Five whilst playing in the tournament. 

AW Sports and Ramah Academy

Join Ramah Sports Academy and partners in promoting Animal conservation and Tourism through cricket. The tournament this year will take place at Alexander  Sports Clubs and it’s for the kids between the ages of 10 and 13years. If your kid is in these age groups and loves having fun, let them be part of the fun. 

Zim A go down to UAE

Zimbabwe A go down in the first game to UAE in the five match unofficial One Day series.


Zimbabwe A lost to United Arab Emirates by four wickets with 28 balls remaining. Zimbabwe set out for 224-9 in 50 overs and the hosts in response scored 225-6 taking them to a very comfortable win over the tourist. UAE lead the 5 match series 1 – 0. Zimbabwe will have to tighten up and bounce back in the next match if they are to stay in the series and losing the second will only put more pressure of the relatively inexperienced side captained by Chamunorwa Chibhabha.

Regis Chakabva scored a century for the Eagles

Regis Chakabva scored an impressive 138 to help the Eagles reach 370/8 declared in a four day match against the Mid-West Rhinos

After coming under a lot of criticism of his selection in the Test team as a wicket keeper in the recently ended 2 Test Match series against West Indies. Chakabva’s performance with the gloves and bat left a lot to be desired with his stubborn innings of 77 not out in the second innings of the second test that helped Zimbabwe secure a draw. Regis Chakabva reminded everyone why he deserved to be in the test squad and he has carried that fine form to the domestic scene and the young man wants to prove why he should the number one man behind the stumps for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe take on South Africa later on in December.

Tom Curran called up to replace Steven Finn

The son of late Zimbabwe Coach Kevin Curran 22 year old Tom Curran has been called up for the England Ashes squad to replace Steven Finn

Tom Curran made his debut in the summer and the English selectors gave him the nod to replace Steven Finn after suffering an injury. He made his first international appearance in the T20 against South Africa and also made his ODI debut against West Indies. Tom Curran recent form and performances got himself another contract with Surrey his County side. He departs to join the rest of the squad in Australia