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Chingoka Steps Down As Zimbabwe Make Major Changes

Peter Chingoka
Peter Chingoka, pictured here in 2004, has stepped down as chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket
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Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has announced a number of changes with chairman Peter Chingoka stepping down and new coaching and captaincy appointments also being confirmed.

Chingoka, who has been involved in the administration of the game in Zimbabwe since 1990, has stepped down as chairman and will be replaced by Wilson Tatenda Manase, who was previously vice-chairman.

Maureen Kuchocha has been appointed vice-chairperson.

"The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Chairman, Mr Peter Farai Chingoka retired as the Board Chairman and as a Board member on his own accord at the ZC Board meeting of the 24th of July 2014," a ZC statement confirmed.

"In his parting remarks he indicated that his decision was based on the need to have a well defined succession plan in which it had been agreed that a year before his term he would step down and assist the incoming Chairman.

"He will therefore impart his knowledge based on experience both locally and on the international scene and at times undertake missions assigned by the Board upon request.

"The Board immediately appointed Mr Wilson Tatenda Manase as Chairman who has been Vice Chairman for the past 4 years and Mrs Maureen Kuchocha, a Sports degree graduate and administrator as Vice Chairperson. 

"This is in recognition of the steps taken in Women’s Cricket and the need for gender balance."

A coaching restructure sees Andy Waller take on the new role of National Director of Coaching and Stephen Mangongo assume the mantle of head coach.

He will lead the side in upcoming series against Australia and South Africa.

While Brendan Taylor will continue to captain the side in Test cricket, the One-Day International and Twenty20 International side will now be captained by Elton Chigumbura.

This will be Chigumbura's second spell as a national captain, having previously taken charge of the limited overs sides between 2010 and 2011, prior to Taylor being appointed.

In 20 ODIs, Zimbabwe won eight and lost 12 and they lost all four Twenty20 games during his reign as captain.

The news comes on the same day that Zimbabwe lost the fourth and final ODI against Afghanistan, letting a 2-0 series lead slip to a 2-2 final result.

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