ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) chairman Peter Chingoka said his board has reached a stage of total harmony with the former rebel players who recently made a dramatic comeback to Zimbabwe cricket after
a year-long standstill sparked off by a deadlock over team selection.
In an interview with IndependentSport on Wednesday, Chingoka said the association has made strides to make sure that the two sides restore each other’s trust.
“It’s back to business as usual. On the board’s side, we believe that we have done everything in our power to resolve this issue once and for all,” said Chingoka.
Chingoka admitted that his board has not had much interaction with the players, leaving the management and ad hoc committee to do most of the work.
“ZC employs over 200 people and they are treated just like the other employees. We have a system in place, and that is what we are using as a guideline,” said Chingoka.
On whether all the former rebels will be given a fair opportunity to play for the national team again, Chingoka maintains that merit will be used every time a representative team is selected.
ZC has been accused by sections of the cricket fraternity of reversing the quota system which they say now limits the number of white players in the national team at any given time, an assessment denied by Chingoka.
“Instead, the players’ return means that we have got a good blend of senior and younger players. It fits well with our target of doing well at the World Cup in 2007,” he said.
Commenting on reports in the international media that ZC officials had been interrogated by Central Intelligence Organisation officers over its logo which obliquely resembles the letters “MDC”, Chingoka said he only learnt of the story from the media.
Zimbabwe’s main opposition political party is the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
“We can’t stop such mischievous and malicious rumours. ZC is an apolitical organisation. When the agent designed that logo, we explained what the colours and emblem mean. To us that should not even be a subject for discussion,” Chingoka said.