Prosper Utseya had earlier laid © AFP
Prosper Utseya had earlier made allegations about racism © AFP

Responding to Prosper Utseya’s allegations of racism, in which he mentioned Alistair Campbell, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) issued a press release on zimcricket.org clarifying their stand on the issue. According to the press release, ZC chairman Wilson Manase said, “Given that the document was addressed and delivered to me and that ZC has since set up a committee of enquiry into the whole matter, it is disturbing that the document has now been leaked to the media. I have always had an open-door policy with everyone at ZC so I would have expected us to solve this amicably, if there is any truth in it.” He continued saying that, “We do not want to be distracted in our quest to make the sport of cricket great  by ensuring that all able and talented Zimbabweans have their input in this game. Therefore, this side-show will thoroughly be investigated by the committee and concluded in order that we move forward, which move is underway with our busy 2015 international tours programme and the victory over India yesterday.” READ: Prosper Utseya alleges racial discrimination in letter, mentions Alistair Campbell

Manase went on to say, “The truth is that ZC does not employ or contract anyone on the grounds of race, but on the basis of talent and expertise. Our vision is to be a successful performer in the global sports and entertainment industry. We therefore cannot put issues of race over and above this vision moreso when our global partners are of various races. If we do that, it will be like shooting ourselves in the foot. Indeed, we can only excel in our diversity, therefore my administration does not condone any issues of racism.” READ: Sikandar Raza says Zimbabwe were ‘sick and tired’ of losing to big teams

Further clarifying, Manase said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the ZC board works through committees which make recommendations to it, as the board is the ultimate decision-making body. Where a recommendation is adopted by the board, it is passed onto the executive for implementation. Therefore, any allegations or suggestions to the contrary go against the ZC constitution and its corporate governance structures.” Manase concluded by saying, “I am committed as ZC chairman to live up to our vision and mission statement and our core values of teamwork, excellence, integrity, commitment, professionalism, fairness and gender equality, as stated in our charter.” READ: Zimbabwe’s win over India in 2nd T20I at Harare will give them hope for bright future