Zimbabwe rename themselves

I’ve decided to paste this in full, to make it more likely that people reading my blog will read the article here, from the UK’s Telegraph. I can’t quite beleive what I’m reading.

Cricket in Zimbabwe has lurched into another crisis, this time over the governing body’s decision to change their name from the Zimbabwe Cricket Union to Zimbabwe Cricket.

The rebranding exercise is said to have cost £67,000 – a huge sum in Zimbabwe – at a time when allowances for players and umpires have been cut, some players have been forced to sleep in brothels during away games and major sponsors Nissan have pulled out.

It is also alleged that Zimbabwe Cricket spent “another fortune” on flying all board members and staff to Bulawayo to watch the third one-day international against England earlier this month.

The renaming exercise has caused most offence, however, and was described as “the last straw” by Claudius Mukandiwa, who represents players in Mashonaland, Zimbabwe’s most powerful cricketing province.

The Mashonaland Cricket Association are now calling for a special meeting on Dec 22 so that they can propose a motion of no confidence in Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Peter Chingoka and his 12-strong board of directors, an action which has led to the suspension of all domestic first-class cricket.

Zimbabwe’s biggest club, Takashinga, have called for an urgent public meeting to be held tomorrow and have invited Chingoka and Ozias Bvute, Zimbabwe Cricket’s acting managing director, to attend.

The invitations said: “You can lie to some people for some time but you can’t lie to all the people all the time.”

Cyprian Mandenge, a member of the Mashonaland board and spokesman, said a clean-up in the administration of Zimbabwe Cricket was urgently needed. He added: “They do things in the way of the Mafia.”