LEADING local motor vehicle dealer, Croco Motors, has petitioned the High Court seeking an order to compel the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) to return the firm’s two corporate boxes at the Harare Sports Club cricket grounds.
BY CHARLES LAITON
Croco Motors filed the court application last Monday and the matter is yet to be set down for hearing.
According to the vehicle firm, ZC was refusing to return the two corporate boxes despite the expiry of the one-month period within which the cricket body had requested the firm to provisionally remove the corporate boxes in line with the International Cricket Council (ICC) requirements ahead of the 2018 Cricket World Cup qualifiers.
In the founding affidavit deposed by its group sales and marketing manager, Lawrence Chikwehwa, Croco Motors said on January 18, this year ZC advised the firm that it was hosting the 2018 Cricket World Cup qualifiers and as such it was a requirement of the ICC that ZC should avail a clean ground with no signages of third parties.
“It was against this background that the respondent [ZC] requested the applicant [Croco Motors] to release for only one month the cricket boxes so that the respondent would comply with the requirements of the ICC,” Chikwehwa said.
“After the hosting of the games the applicant expected that its cricket boxes would be returned to it, regrettably the respondent has not returned the applicant’s cricket boxes despite many letters written to its legal practitioners.”
Chikwehwa said Croco Motors is the owner of corporate boxes number 1 and 6 which are in the block of 6 corporate suites stored on the southern side of the Harare Sports Club cricket grounds.
The manager said sometime in June 2015, his firm entered into an agreement in terms of which it was allowed to continue occupying the two corporate boxes on a 25-year lease while paying $400 rental fees per month per box.
“This agreement was confirmed by the then chairman of the respondent, Mr Wilson Manase, in a letter addressed to the applicant on June 11, 2015,” he said, adding the agreement was still valid.