End of a cricket era

An era has come to an end in cricket after Zimbabwe Cricket’s long serving chairman Peter Chingoka has decided to call it quits after more than 22 year at the helm of one of the most followed sporting disciplines in the country.


Peter becomes the last of the Chingoka sporting brothers to leave the limelight of sport following the departure of Paul who resigned as Zimbabwe Olympic Committee president in 2006 amid accusations of financial mismanagement during his tenure as the president of Tennis Zimbabwe.

Chingoka stepped down following a board meeting and Wilson Manase who has been his deputy takes over as the new interim head of the sport while Maureen Kuchona becomes the new vice chairman. Peter leaves the sport he has led since 1992 when Zimbabwe played its first Test.

Chingoka said a succession plan put in place by Zimbabwe Cricket was that he would step down a year before the end of his term in order for him to give guidance to the next chairman.

According to Zimbabwe Cricket, Chingoka who has also resigned from the ZC board, has made himself available to the association and will undertake missions upon request by the ZC board.

Chingoka leaves at a time when there has been turmoil in the sport with players having been unhappy with non-payment of salaries. From October, last year, until earlier this year, the players refused to represent the country until they were paid their outstanding salaries which came following a grant from the International Cricket Council.

In 2005, there was also a revolt by players, some of whom refused to play for the national team until Chingoka stepped down.

It is also during his time as chairman that Zimbabwe reached the Super Eight stage of the World Cup, following their success at the 1999 World Cup finals.

Ironically, the Zimbabwe Cricket chairman’s departure also came on a day when the Zimbabwe national team disappointed after losing to lowly ranked Afghanistan by 100 runs to level the ODI Series to one all at Queens Sports Club.

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