In a significant development aimed at addressing Zimbabwe's
recent World Cup qualification setbacks and enhancing the overall cricketing
landscape, the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Board convened on Saturday to deliberate
on a comprehensive report submitted by a Committee of Inquiry. Chaired by Mr.
Lloyd Mhishi, the committee was tasked with investigating the reasons behind
Zimbabwe's failure to qualify for the World Cup, as well as reviewing the
cricket affairs structure within ZC.
After thorough consultation with various stakeholders, both
internal and external, the Committee presented its findings to the Board.
Following extensive deliberation, the Board unanimously resolved to adopt the
report in its entirety and to promptly implement the recommendations put forth
by the Committee.
Key among the recommendations is the restructuring of ZC's
Cricket Affairs Department and its personnel, signaling a fundamental overhaul
of the organizational framework. Additionally, the Board has endorsed plans to
revamp ZC's domestic and development pathway, recognizing the importance of
nurturing talent at grassroots levels.
Addressing the coaching setup, the Board has decided to
initiate a recruitment process to fill the Head Coach positions for both the
Zimbabwe Senior Men's National Team and the Zimbabwe Under-19 Men's National
Team. Furthermore, plans are underway to restructure the coaching framework at
the first-class level, aiming to enhance the coaching standards and support
structures across all tiers of cricket.
In a bid to further bolster player development, the Board
has greenlit the establishment of a National Academy, which will serve as a
center of excellence for aspiring cricketers. Additionally, plans are in motion
to set up indoor training facilities in all five first-class provinces,
providing players with year-round access to high-quality training facilities.
Management has been tasked with formulating a comprehensive
action plan to operationalize the recommendations outlined by the Mhishi
Committee. The Board has set a deadline of four weeks for the submission of
this action plan, underscoring the urgency and commitment to effecting
meaningful change within the organization.
In other notable developments, Walter Chawaguta has been
confirmed as the substantive Head Coach of the Zimbabwe Senior Women's National
Team, bringing stability to the coaching setup. Additionally, the Board has
accepted the resignation of Prosper Utseya from his position as Head Coach of
the Zimbabwe Under-19 Men's National Team, signaling a transition in leadership
at the youth level.