ZIMBABWE Cricket has launched investigations into allegations by former national team captain Prosper Utseya that he is a victim of racism by ZC managing director Alistair Campbell.
Utseya made the allegations in a letter to ZC chairman Wilson Manase, claiming that he was deliberately frozen out of the World Cup by Campbell.
In a statement on Monday, Manase said a committee would present its findings in due course.
“Given that the document was addressed and delivered to me and that ZC has since set up a committee of enquiry into the whole matter, it is disturbing that the document has now been leaked to the media. I have always had an open-door policy with everyone at ZC so I would have expected us to solve this amicably, if there is any truth in it,” said Manase.
“We do not want to be distracted in our quest to make the sport of cricket great by ensuring that all able and talented Zimbabweans have their input in this game.
“Therefore, this side-show will thoroughly be investigated by the committee and concluded in order that we move forward, which move is underway with our busy 2015 international tours programme and the victory over India yesterday,” said the ZC chairman.
Manase said the allegations had a serious effect on ZC, its sponsors, media, government and the International Cricket Council (ICC) members.
“The truth is that ZC does not employ or contract anyone on the grounds of race, but on the basis of talent and expertise,” he said.
“Our vision is to be a successful performer in the global sports and entertainment industry. We therefore cannot put issues of race over and above this vision more-so when our global partners are of various races.
“If we do that, it will be like shooting ourselves in the foot. Indeed, we can only excel in our diversity, therefore my administration does not condone any issues of racism.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the ZC board works through committees which make recommendations to it, as the board is the ultimate decision-making body.
“Where a recommendation is adopted by the board, it is passed onto the executive for implementation. Therefore, any allegations or suggestions to the contrary go against the ZC constitution and its corporate governance structures.
“I am committed as ZC chairman to live up to our vision and mission statement and our core values of teamwork, excellence, integrity, commitment, professionalism, fairness and gender equality, as stated in our charter.”Advertisement
This is not the first team that ZC has been mired in racism issues, the first being in 2004 which led to an entire team, of white players resigning.