Zimbabwe Cricket has appointed Kenyon Ziehl as the new convener of the national selection panel.
Ziehl, 52, is a former Zimbabwe A player. He also played first class cricket for Manicaland and the Zimbabwe Country Districts and played rugby for Zimbabwe.
He is not new to selection, having been on the panel in 2006 and chairing it from the end of 2007 to 2009.
An administrator with the Mid-West Rhinos since 2009, Ziehl takes over as convener from Givemore Makoni, who is now director for development and club cricket.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed once again as convener. I will carry on the good work my colleague Givemore has been doing because it is vital that as the national selection panel, we do our best to ensure a positive team performance,” said Ziehl, who will chair a panel that also includes national coach Davenell Whatmore, his assistant Douglas Hondo and national team captain Elton Chigumbura.
Zimbabwe Cricket is aware of the document cited in the Cricinfo article titled: “Utseya lays racism allegations against Campbell”.
“Given that the document was addressed and delivered to me and that ZC has since set up a committee of enquiry into the whole matter, it is disturbing that the document has now been leaked to the media. I have always had an open-door policy with everyone at ZC so I would have expected us to solve this amicably, if there is any truth in it,” said ZC chairman Wilson Manase.
The committee is sitting at the moment and is tasked with presenting its findings to the ZC board at the earliest possible time.
“We do not want to be distracted in our quest to make the sport of cricket great by ensuring that all able and talented Zimbabweans have their input in this game. Therefore, this side-show will thoroughly be investigated by the committee and concluded in order that we move forward, which move is underway with our busy 2015 international tours programme and the victory over India yesterday,” said the ZC chairman.
Mr Manase pointed out that the ramifications of the article being leaked are far-reaching as it paints a bad picture of ZC to its supporters, to the sponsors, the media, government, and fellow ICC members.
“The truth is that ZC does not employ or contract anyone on the grounds of race, but on the basis of talent and expertise.
“Our vision is to be a successful performer in the global sports and entertainment industry. We therefore cannot put issues of race over and above this vision moreso when our global partners are of various races. If we do that, it will be like shooting ourselves in the foot. Indeed, we can only excel in our diversity, therefore my administration does not condone any issues of racism.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the ZC board works through committees which make recommendations to it, as the board is the ultimate decision-making body. Where a recommendation is adopted by the board, it is passed onto the executive for implementation. Therefore, any allegations or suggestions to the contrary go against the ZC constitution and its corporate governance structures.
“I am committed as ZC chairman to live up to our vision and mission statement and our core values of teamwork, excellence, integrity, commitment, professionalism, fairness and gender equality, as stated in our charter,” concluded Mr Manase.
Zimbabwe – 145 for 7 in 20 overs (Chamunorwa Chibhabha 67; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/26, Mohit Sharma 2/28). India – 135 for 9 in 20 overs (Robin Uthappa 42; Graeme Cremer 3/18)
Zimbabwe won by 10 runs.
Zimbabwe levelled the two-match Royal Stag Twenty20 International (T20I) series when they beat India by 10 runs at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
Stand-in skipper Sikandar Raza Butt won the toss and elected to bat, and it proved to be the right decision.
Openers Hamilton Masakadza and player of the match Chamunorwa Chibhabha got the home side off to a good start as both batsmen took full advantage of some wayward short-pitched bowling by India.
The pair plundered 28 runs in 3.2 overs, before Masakadza – who looked in a dangerous mood – edged Sandeep Sharma to wicket keeper Robin Uthappa for 19, as he attempted to steer the ball down to third man.
Raza Butt showed great energy and intent at the crease, but failed to capitalise on a positive start when he square cut a short and wide delivery straight down third man's throat for eight.
Sean Williams then joined Chibhabha, and they went about resurrecting the innings in a most impressive manner.
Although Williams's contribution was only 17, his partnership of 37 for the third wicket gave the innings the momentum it needed.
Williams ran hard between the wickets, and ensured that the in-form Chibhabha retained the strike, before left arm spinner Axar Patel dismissed Williams for the third time in the series, when he had the left hander caught and bowled. The innings then stuttered as Charles Coventry and Craig Ervine came and went, but while wickets were falling at one end, Chibhabha went on to a magnificently played half century off just 37 balls, with seven fours.
His innings eventually came to an end when he was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a T20I career best 67 runs, which came off 51 balls with nine fours.
Kumar was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of two for 26 from his four overs, as Zimbabwe finished on 145 runs for seven wickets from their 20 overs.
India then got off to a dramatic start, as the first ball was swept for four, but the very next ball saw skipper Ajinkya Rahane run out when he attempted a quick single to Chibhabha at short fine leg.
Murali Vijay and Uthappa then launched a savage assault on the Zimbabwe attack, and Christopher Mpofu in particular bore the brunt of the latter's bat, before Graeme Cremer turned the match on its head when he bowled Vijay with his first delivery, then trapped Manish Pandey leg before wicket without scoring.
Sean Williams then accounted for Uthappa when he had him well caught and bowled for an aggressive 42 off 25 balls.
More drama unfolded when Kedar Jadhav was run out, thanks to a direct hit by Taurai Muzarabani at deep midwicket, as the batsmen tried to take a second run. That left India in trouble at 69 runs for five wickets.
The visitors suffered a fate similar to that of Zimbabwe in the first T20I match, as they lost four wickets for 12 runs in 18 balls.
Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson then staged a mini-recovery, adding 36 for the sixth wicket, before a brilliant running catch by Chibhabha saw Binny depart for 24, giving Graeme Cremer his third wicket.
After that, wickets fell at regular intervals, and spurred on by a passionate crowd who sensed a win, Zimbabwe's fielding rose to staggering heights, as they attacked the ball with a new-found energy. Graeme Cremer was outstanding with the ball, and finished with figures of three wickets for 18 runs from his four overs.
Zimbabwe's fielding was considerably better than the first T20I match. In the process, they effected three run-out dismissals.
As disappointing as much of the tour was, there is no doubt that Sunday's win would have inspired the team, as they now await the arrival of New Zealand for three One-Day International (ODI) and one T20I match.
India – 178 for 5 in 20 overs (Robin Uthappa 39*, Murali Vijay 34; Christopher Mpofu 3/33) Zimbabwe – 124 for 7 in 20 overs (Hamilton Masakadza 28, Chamunorwa Chibhabha 23; Axar Patel 3/17, Harbhajan Singh 2/29).
India won by 54 runs.
India left-arm spinner Axar Patel and experienced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took five wickets between them to send Zimbabwe crashing to an emphatic 54-run defeat in the first Royal Stag Twenty20 International match, at Harare Sports Club on Friday.
India won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat on a good pitch, which offered full value to the batsmen.
As in the second One-Day International, captain Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay got India off to a cracking start, thanks to an opening stand of 64 in just seven overs.
Once again, the understanding between the two openers was spot on as they picked off the bad balls, seemingly at will, and ran like whippets between the wickets, before Sikandar Raza Butt's brilliant direct hit from mid-wicket, saw Vijay run out for an aggressive 34 off just 19 balls.
Although India's total of 178 runs proved to be more than enough, the visitors would have felt disappointed that their top order got promising starts but were unable to capitalise on the poor bowling and good batting wickets.
Rahane (33 off 32) And Robin Uthappa (39 off 35) looked set to push on, but were unable to do so, as they tried to build on the platform set by the two openers.
Christopher Mpofu with figures of three wickets for 33 runs from his four overs was the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers, while leg spinner Graeme Cremer bowled tidily, finishing with figures of one for 20 from his four overs. Zimbabwe let themselves down badly in the field however, as they conceded a massive 25 extras which included eight byes, three leg byes, a total of 13 wides and one no-ball.
Zimbabwe's opening pair of Hamilton Masakadza and Chamunorwa Chibhabha got off to a rollicking start, with both batsmen playing the India seamers with comfort and disdain to a partnership of 55, before a brilliant running catch by Manish Pandey saw Chibhabha depart for 23 off 27 balls, which included two fours and a six.
The dismissal of Chibhabha saw a top order collapse as the hosts lost four wickets for just 13 runs, plummeting from 55 without loss to 68 for four, thanks to sustained pressure by India’s two spinners – Axar Patel, who finished with figures of three for 17 from his four overs and earned himself the man of the match award and Harbhajan Singh who snapped up two wickets for 29 runs.
Hamilton Masakadza top-scored for Zimbabwe with 28 runs, while Neville Madziva with 14 not out, Prosper Utseya 13 not out and Charles Coventry 10 were the only other batsmen to make into double figures, as the two India spinners relentlessly turned on the screws.
Seamer Mohit Sharma also proved to be too much for the home side, his persistent accuracy and impeccable line and length earning him figures of one wicket for eight runs from three overs.
India will be well-satisfied with an all-round team performance, while Zimbabwe will have to do a lot of soul-searching if they are to have any chance of leveling the series in the second and final T20I match, to be played at the same venue – Harare Sports Club – on Sunday, starting at 1300 hours.