Fiona Ruzha, Sports Reporter
LADY CHEVRONS coach Adam Chifo said they were very much disappointed after receiving the news that their Ireland tour has been aborted.
The Zimbabwe women’s national team players have been working hard for the past few months in preparation for their Ireland and Netherlands tour with three one-day internationals scheduled to start on 3 July followed by three T20 internationals.
However, the tour was aborted in the last minute after the interim board appointed to run Zimbabwe Cricket failed to secure funding for the airfares.
The Ireland was meant for preparations for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier to be held in Scotland in August-September.
Speaking to H-Metro, Chifo said what has happened is a setback in terms of their preparations for the Global Qualifier.
“Obviously we are very much disappointed and at the same time we do not have control of what is happening but otherwise it is a setback in terms of our preparations.
“To make it worse it just happened over night and the girls feel betrayed because they have been training for some months now and all of a sudden this just happened from nowhere,” he said.
In a statement, ZC highlighted that the involvement of the Sports and Recreation Commission, a government agency that ostensibly oversees all registered national sporting associations, has left the future of the game of cricket in Zimbabwe uncertain.
“The SRC suspended the substantive ZC board, led by Tavengwa Mukuhlani, and replaced it with the interim one over a week ago.
“The SRC actions have, unfortunately, resulted in the International Cricket Council (ICC) withholding funding from ZC.
“ZC has been receiving monthly cash distributions from the ICC under a well-publicised controlled funding mechanism agreed last year.
“However, without the June allocation, ZC was unable to pay for the women’s team’s travel, throwing Zimbabwe’s preparations for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier, to be held in Scotland in August-September, into disarray.
“ZC has also been unable to process the June salaries for players and staff because ICC policy dictates that member boards must manage their affairs without interference from government or public bodies.
“The consequences of violating the ICC constitution could be as serious as the suspension of membership and funding,” read part of the statement.