ZC9We at Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) are deeply saddened by the passing of Mike Whiley, a junior cricket stalwart and doyen of education. The former Plumtree High School headmaster s role in Zimbabwe s education sector is well-documented and will forever inspire generations. That our Under-16 interprovincial cricket tournament is named in his honour says it all about how the game is hugely indebted to Mr Whiley a hardworking, selfless and affable educationist and cricket hero who for many decades fought for the sporting success and well-being of all Zimbabweans regardless of their race, tribe, religion or political affiliation.

After retiring from the teaching profession, he did not stop producing future Zimbabwe cricket stars he took charge of ZC s schools cricket programme, a job he did exceptionally well. A very active age-group selector, he was also a member of the national junior cricket committee for years.

ZC is very grateful and honoured to have benefitted from his leadership, wisdom and dedication to the game of cricket. The ZC Board, Management, Players and Staff would like to pass our heartfelt condolences to Mr Whiley s family, friends and the cricket fraternity on the loss of the great man.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.