ZIMBABWE Cricket officials reportedly looted raincoats that were meant for ground staff during the ongoing International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup Qualifier, B Metro Sport can reveal.
According to a well placed source, ICC staff members in the country for the tournament are said to have been shocked when it started raining in Harare last Sunday during the Group A opening round of fixtures that were played at Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians last Sunday.
Knowing well that raincoats had been bought for the ground personnel, ICC officials were reportedly shocked how those had been given to the wrong people instead of the rightful recipients.
The source added those who allocated themselves the raincoats seem to have thought these were track tops, despite the texture being clear that they were protective clothing.
As this was not enough, this publication has it on good authority that raincoats are not the only things which did not make it to the rightful owners as a lot of things, even towels bought for the players disappeared which left ICC personnel demanding answers as to what had transpired.
Due to branding issues, all paraphernalia must bear the ICC logo with only the world cricket governing body’s approved sponsors allowed to advertise at stadiums.
Zimbabwe Cricket communications and media manager, Darlington Majonga, was not forthcoming with regards to the alleged developments.
“I don’t think I will be able to comment on that. I don’t know anything to do with raincoats and towels you are talking about,” said Majonga who earlier on in the interview had praised Zimbabweans for a massive turn during the country’s opening two group matches that were played at Bulawayo’s Queens Sports Club.
“It’s been a great start of the tournament. It’s great that Zimbabwe has made it two out of two. The turnout has been massive in Bulawayo. Entry is free and people must watch all the matches not only those that involve Zimbabwe,” said Majonga.
Meanwhile, the four group matches left in Bulawayo will see Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, skipper Graeme Cremer and Brian Vitori inspired Zimbabwe, take on Hong Kong on Saturday at Queens Sports Club.
The other fixture slatted for Saturday will see Afghanistan, who are smarting from an astonishing last over defeat at the hands Zimbabwe, face Nepal at Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC).
On Monday, Queens Sports Club will be the venue for the Hong Kong versus Nepal match while Zimbabwe square it off against Scotland at BAC.
The win over Afghanistan by Zimbabwe left the latter well placed to progress from Group B, having won two out of two matches along with Scotland. Afghanistan, on the other hand, suffered their second defeat in as many games, and can afford no slip-ups against Nepal and Hong Kong if they are to make the Super Sixes.
Zim v Hong Kong (Queens Sports Club), Afghanistan v Nepal (BAC)
Hong Kong v Nepal (Queens Sports Club), Zim v Scotland (BAC)