Cricket arrests imminent

BY SPORTS CORRESPONDENT HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket bosses Peter Chingoka and Ozias Bvute were this week nabbed and questioned by the police as investigations into the financial activities of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) intensify. The duos quizzing by the police on Monday came after two cricketers

 Waddington Mwayenga and Vusimuzi Nyoni – together with manager Mahommed Meman were arrested over allegedly having offshore accounts. Chingoka, the ZC board chairman and Bvute have come under fire with growing chants for the two to quit. The situation was worsened when captain Tatenda Taibu quit international cricket accusing the cricket chiefs of destroying the game by allowing personalities like controversial Themba Mliswa to come into the game.

While Chingoka and Bvute were dancing to the music of the police, ZC vice-board chairman Justice Ebrahim convened an indaba with various stakeholders at Harare Sports Club.

We have resolved that we should not just sit on this crisis. We are going to order a forensic audit into the financial dealings of ZC while we try to find a lasting solution to this issue, said Ebrahim. But there were fears that more cricketers would be arrested as investigations into forex scam broaden.

The state-controlled Herald predicted that three black players, one of Asian origin and three white players would be arrested as the week progressed. The latest turmoil comes after a string of resignations by senior players over alleged maladministration. Among the players who have retired are Taibu, former captain Heath Streak and veteran Stuart Carlisle.

Earlier, the cricket institution suffered damaging racial allegations by white players who quit after the sacking of Streak two years ago.

Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News

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