The International Cricket Council (ICC) General Manager for Cricket, Mr Geoff Allardice, arrived in Harare last night for a three-day visit.
The visit follows comments made by the Zimbabwe Cricket chairman, Mr Peter Chingoka, during the last ICC Board meeting in the British capital London, relating to the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP) and the cost of hosting international cricket tours in Zimbabwe.
Allardice said he therefore felt it necessary to come to Harare to discuss these issues with the ZC chairman and managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa, so that he gets a better understanding of Zimbabwe’s current situation before the ICC prepares any further models to try to create greater context for bilateral matches under the FTP.
This morning, Allardice held a meeting with the chairman and ZC executives, and discussions will continue during his stay. In between the meetings, Allardice will also watch some sessions of the first two days of the first Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
Of late, the issue of context for biIateral tours has assumed greater importance for the ICC, in the face of the growing popularity of Twenty20 cricket.
Thus, the world cricket-governing body is keen to ensure an optimum balance between the three formats of the game – especially the flagship Test cricket – and in London approved the recommendation that the Full Members should play a minimum of 16 Tests in each four-year cycle.