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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 December, 2004, 15:18 GMT
Zimbabwe bosses face crisis vote
Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Peter Chingoka
ZC chairman Peter Chingoka is under pressure again
Beleagured Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Peter Chingoka and his directors face a vote of no confidence on 22 December.

The Mashonaland Cricket Association tabled the motion after England's recent chaotic tour.

It also claims the Zimbabwe Cricket Union recently rebranded itself without prior consultation with provincial bodies, squandering 72,000.

Chingoka said plans were approved two years ago but admitted errors, which the MCA said was "not good enough."

"Under the constitution, the change of name should have been debated at all levels, club and provincial, and the provincial chairmen should have been able to meet so as to ratify it.

Zimbabwe Cricket logo
The ZCU decided to adopt a colourful new logo

"This did not happen," 19 of the 20 clubs which make up the MCA wrote in a joint letter.

England's tour was almost cancelled at the last minute when 13 travelling journalists were initially denied entry by the government.

Vehicle manufacturer Nissan ended its sponsorship with Zimbabwe Cricket last weekend, five weeks after the country's major cricket equipment and clothing supplier, Bata Shoe Company, quit.

The three-year contract of insurance and finance firm, Old Mutual, which used to sponsor Test matches, comes up for renewal in March.

The crisis is the latest in a series to hit cricket in Zimbabwe this year.

In April the sacking of national team captain Heath Streak led to a boycott by a group of white Test players.

Tatenda Taibu was put in charge of a new-look team of inexperienced youngsters, but Zimbabwe's Test status was put on hold for the rest of the year and they have lost every one-day game they have played.

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