PETER Chingoka has stepped down as chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket and as a board member.
He had headed the cricket board since 1992, when Zimbabwe played its first Test. He became a target of a player strike in 2005, when certain cricketers refused to play till he quit the position. Chingoka was re-elected as chairman in April 2011.
Chingoka stepped down at the board meeting in which ZC had also announced changes to the captaincy and coaching structure. Wilson Manase, who was vice-chairman for four years, will take over from Chingoka. Maureen Kuchocha was named the vice-chairperson, in recognition of the steps taken in women’s cricket and the need for gender balance.
According to a ZC press release, Chingoka said his decision was based on the need to have a well-defined succession plan in which it had been agreed that a year before his term he would step down and assist the incoming chairman. He has also made himself available to undertake missions assigned by the board, on request.
FULL ZC STATEMENT
“The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Chairman, (Mr) Peter Farai Chingoka retired as the Board Chairman and as a Board member on his own accord at the ZC Board meeting of the 24th of July 2014.
“In his parting remarks he indicated that his decision was based on the need to have a well-defined succession plan in which it had been agreed that a year before his term he would step down and assist the incoming Chairman.
“He will therefore impart his knowledge based on experience both locally and on the international scene and at times undertake missions assigned by the Board upon request.
“The Board immediately appointed (Mr) Wilson Tatenda Manase as Chairman who has been Vice Chairman for the past 4 years and (Mrs) Maureen Kuchocha, a Sports degree graduate and administrator as Vice Chairperson. This is in recognition of the steps taken in Women’s Cricket and the need for gender balance.
“The Board also looked at the national coaching structures and decided to create the position of National Director of Coaching responsible for development of cricket from grassroots and grooming of coaches. Mr Andy Waller was appointed to the position with immediate effect up to the end of his current contract and subject to renewal.Advertisement
“The Board also appointed Stephen Mangongo as substantive National Team Head Coach with immediate effect and will be in charge of the forthcoming tours to Zimbabwe by South Africa and Australia which include a triangular series.
“Other appointments made with immediate effect include a split captaincy as follows: Brendan Taylor as Captain of Test matches whilst Elton Chigumbura will be in charge of the shorter version (One Day Internationals & T20) of the game.”