Former Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza has been appointed as the Director of Cricket. He will begin his new role on November 1.
After giving 18 years of service to Zimbabwe cricket as a cricketer, Hamilton Maskadza has decided to continue his job, but this time in a different role. He has been appointed as the director of cricket, which is a newly created role by the national board aimed at transforming the game in the country both on and off the field.
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) made the decision to form this role in their last meeting in August, where the board passed a resolution to restructure its management.
The former dynamic opener retired from international cricket last month after playing in the tri-series against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in. Though the team managed to win only one game in the tournament, it will be remembered for a long time as Masakadza playing a match winning-knock of 71 from just 42 balls against Afghanistan in his last ever appearance.
ZC Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said about the appointment of Masakadza: “This is a key appointment that clearly indicates our desire to strengthen our cricket across all levels while also improving the game administratively.
“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 have no 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.”
Zimbabwe are passing a tough phase in the last few years and it got worse after the International Cricket Council (ICC) banned them. It also cost them a place in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers.
However, ICC lifted the ban this month and Zimbabwe got their status back following a board meeting in Dubai. With Maskadza getting the huge responsibility of recruitment, management and interaction of senior cricket technical staff, it will be exciting to see how Zimbabwe cricket progresses from here.