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World cricket boss visiting Zimbabwe

Shashank Manohar (L) with Zimbabwe Cricket chair Tavengwa Mukuhlani

07/08/2017 00:00:00
by Nkosana Dlamini
Visiting Zimbabwe ... ICC chairman Shashank Manohar

INTERNATIONAL Cricket Council (ICC) chair, Shashank Manohar, is due in the country this Tuesday for a five-day official trip that will end with a visit to the majestic Victoria Falls.

In his itinerary, the respected administrator will pay courtesy calls on the country’s two Vice Presidents as well as Sports Minister Makhosini Hlongwane.

Authorities have confirmed the Indian lawyer-turned-sports administrator’s visit will help strengthen cricketing ties between the national and the world cricket associations.

“The visit by the ICC Chairman is aimed at strengthening cricketing ties and exploring areas of further cooperation between the world cricket governing body and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC),” read a press release weekend.

Manohar, ICC’s first ever independent chair, is also set to meet ZC chairman, Tavengwa Mukuhlani, and other senior officials within the local administration of the elite sport.

He will also find time in his itinerary to address ZC staff members and cricket players in Harare.

ZC Managing Director, Faisal Hasnain, said the high-profile visit by world cricket boss will boost the fortunes of the lucrative sport in the country.

“We are delighted to host the ICC Chairman in Zimbabwe. His visit is, without any doubt, an important milestone for ZC that will help shape the future of the game in the country,” said Hasnain.

Manohar is a world-renowned administrator credited for a lot of positive changes in the running of the sport.

He, in March this year, tendered his resignation from the job to concentrate on personal business but was begged to stay longer as the search for his successor took place.

His call on the country’s political leadership shall also help secure assurances necessary for the ICC to rubber-stamp Zimbabwe’s hosting of next year’s World Cup qualifiers.

Zimbabwe was favoured for the opportunity ahead of the United Arab Emirates and a joint bid from Ireland and Scotland.


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