Zimbabwe Cricket has partnered Cricket South Africa in a major development that will see the chevrons benefiting from their neighbor’s advanced systems and good corporate governance practices.
In a closed door meeting held in Harare on Saturday, the two boards agreed that, after feeding back to their respective Boards, a working group will be established to pick up and explore further the areas identified during the meeting.
“Now that we have our own house in good shape and recognizing that we are the strongest cricketing nation on the continent, we feel the time is right for CSA to assist in the development of cricket with our fellow nations on the African continent,” CSA President, Chris Nenzani said after the meeting.
The early discussions covered a wide range of areas including better governance and administration, cricket development and technical support for ZC, the resource limitations and realities faced by both countries, the prospects of CSA supporting ZC to improve in all areas of its mandate and various ICC matters of mutual interest.
“Despite our own limits and challenges, there are many areas in which we could be of assistance and we want to start with Zimbabwe Cricket.
“For instance, it is widely acknowledged that CSA has introduced some of the best standards of corporate governance in the world and this is something we can easily share with our neighbours,” Nenzini said.
“On the playing field we have Namibia playing in our domestic provincial competitions while Zimbabwean teams participate in all our youth cricket weeks and are currently engaged in a tri-series under-19 tournament against ourselves and Sri Lanka.
The CSA boss said both cricketing boards want to strive to create a win-win situation for cricket on the African continent in all its regions and all its aspects.
His counterparts, ZC Chairman, Tavengwa Mukuhlani paid homage to CSA for taking the initiative which he said will go a long way in strengthening the local game.
“ZC is grateful to CSA for taking this initiative which follows engagement between the two countries at presidential level. CSA can play a leading role to help us to strengthen our game in almost every respect.
“Particular areas in which CSA’s support and experiences will be invaluable include governance and playing issues. We hope that this meeting would kick start a process that leads to more meaningful relations between our two countries,” Mukuhlani said.