Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) held its annual general meeting (AGM) virtually on Thursday, due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
During the AGM, the delegates adopted the audited financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2020.
The accounts for the period under review were audited, for the first time, by the world’s leading audit firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and once again ZC received a clean audit opinion.
ZC Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani welcomed the report and congratulated the organisation for attaining the clean audit.
“Congratulations for a job well done. To get a clean audit from PwC is a great achievement,” he told delegates to the AGM.
Reflecting on the 2020/21 season, Mr Mukuhlani said he was proud of the way in which ZC had, in the face of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, managed to successfully host both international and domestic cricket tournaments.
“The 2020/21 season did not start out like any of us planned and it was hard on us as a sport and our people, who have a genuine love for our game and what it means to Zimbabwe,” he noted in the chairman’s report for the period under review.
“With COVID-19 still wreaking havoc across the globe, our work was clearly cut out from the onset.
“On the one hand, we totally understood and supported the pandemic lockdown restrictions, including bans on sporting activities, imposed by the Government in a bid to curb the spread of the virus, while on the other we were desperate to maintain ZC’s viability and, more importantly, to save the game itself from going under.”
Mr Mukuhlani noted that ZC became the first sporting organisation in Zimbabwe to implement the bio-secure bubble concept.
“With that in place . . . the 2020/21 season saw us successfully hosting all our major domestic competitions as well as incoming tours by the Pakistan Senior Women’s National Team, Pakistan Senior Men’s National Team, South Africa Emerging Women’s Team and South Africa ‘A’ Team, while the Zimbabwe Senior Men’s National Team toured Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.
“It is important to note that with over 2 500 PCR tests carried out, no positive COVID-19 cases were reported within our bio-secure bubbles during the period under review.
“To this end, I would like to thank all those across the system for the commitment and dedication you have shown to keeping our game alive and well in these unprecedented and uncertain times.
“Allow me to also place on record my appreciation for the incredible support and guidance that we received from the Government and the Sports and Recreation Commission.”
Delegates to the online AGM included members of the ZC Board of Directors and representatives of all the 10 provinces affiliated to the organisation.