Zimbabwe cricket has been going through a rough patch for a while. Banned by ICC from participating in competitions organized by cricket’s highest governing body and with a lack of talent to follow up with their heritage in the sport, they now look to one of the best players to put on the national shirt for a rejuvenation. A new role has been created by the Zimbabwe board for Hamilton Masakadza to take over as Director of Cricket to transform the state of the game both on and off the field.
Masakadza will assume his new responsibility from November 1.
The decision to form this role was taken by the ZC in its last meeting, in August, where the board passed a resolution to restructure its management.
“This is a key appointment that indicates our desire to strengthen our cricket across all levels while also improving the game administratively,” ZC Chairman TavengwaMukuhlani said of the appointment. “We are therefore excited about Hamilton taking up the role, which will see him bringing a fresh perspective to the administration of cricket and helping us to shape the future of our game.
“I do not doubt that his incredible passion for Zimbabwe cricket, massive knowledge of our game and the wealth of experience that he gained from playing at the highest level will help transform ZC and see him becoming a respected leader in the sport,” he added.
Masakadza retired from the sport last month following his last action in the Bangladesh Tri-Nation series against Afghanistan. He will be tasked with defining policy, strategy, and programs of “best practice” throughout all aspects of the ZC cricket pathway. He’ll also be responsible for the recruitment, management, and interaction of senior cricket technical staff.
Masakadza will also be in charge of ensuring that the coaches and captains are “providing effective leadership” to the national teams.