Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is planning to bring about comprehensive changes in thier structural landscape after their failure to secure qualification to both the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.
The board has chosen to appoint former player Walter Chawaguta as the head coach of the senior women’s team.
Simultaneously, they have also accepted the decision of U-19 men’s team tactician Prosper Utseya, who put in his papers.
Utseya decided to step down as Zimbabwe’s Under-19 coach fter reportedly taking up a coaching role at a cricket academy in the USA.
Urgent actions undertaken
ZC in a statement revealed that they decided to appoint the senior and U-19 men’s team coaches on an urgent basis.
A ZC statement said that the board had “adopted the comprehensive report presented by a committee of inquiry that was established to probe Zimbabwe’s World Cup qualification failures as well as to review ZC’s cricket affairs structure.”
The three-member committee was headed by lawyer Lloyd Mhishi.”The three-member Committee, chaired by Lloyd Mhishi, presented its report to the board after gathering input from various stakeholders, both internal and external… the board resolved to adopt the report in its entirety and to immediately implement the committee’s recommendations,” the statement added.
Among the recommendations accepted by ZC board are a complete restructuring of the cricket affairs department and its personnel, overhaul of the domestic and development pathway, advertising for the head coach’s job for the national senior men’s and U-19 teams and restructuring of the coaching set-up at first-class level.
The state-run Herald newspaper reported on Monday that one of the recommendations from the report was the sacking of former Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza, who has served as Zimbabwe Cricket’s director of cricket.
ZC also plans to establish a national academy and set up indoor training facilities in all its five first-class provinces.