Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has been suspended with immediate effect on Friday (June 21) by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), a state-owned enterprise that reports to the ministry responsible for sport in the country. ZC acting managing director Givemore Makoni has also been suspended from his position.
Tavengwa Mukuhlani’s election as chairman had put Zimbabwe Cricket in conflict with SRC, which had issued a directive last week to suspend the ZC’s electoral process. But the board went ahead and conducted the meeting which resulted in the election of Mukuhlani for a four-year term, and that formed the bone of contention between the two sides.
The SRC stressed it was forced to act after several complaints of various violations of the constitution and other controversies. “It cannot be in national interest that a national sporting association continues to conduct itself in a manner that it suggests that it and its officials are a law unto themselves. Certain of its office bearers, past and present, have been the subject matter of allegations involving fraud exchange control violations and other acts of corruption and criminality related to the monies and assets of Zimbabwe Cricket and the International Cricket Council,” the SRC release said.
“It is a matter of documented public knowledge that Zimbabwe Cricket has been the subject matter of several controversies over the years. There have been allegations of outright disregard for its own constitution, neglect of the development of the game and related infrastructure throughout the country.
“At different times, and on at least two different occasions, the SRC has intervened, suspended officials and board members, without the involvement of ICC, respecting the application of the domestic laws of Zimbabwe, particularly in those instances where the concerns of the respective parties coincided in the ICC’s articles and Zimbabwe Cricket’s own constitution.”
Meanwhile, David Ellman-Brown, Ahmed Ibrahim, Charlie Robertson, Cyprian Mandenge, Robertson Chinyengetere, Sekesai Nhokwara and Duncan Frost have been appointed to run the cricketing affairs in the country.
Mukuhlani, who stands suspended by SRC, said that the suspension directive is not in accordance with either ZC’s constitution or SRC’s own set of rules. “In its totality, the SRC directive is illegal and SRC are forcing us to follow an illegal instruction.