Zimbabwe Cricket legendary Peter Chingoka dies
By Edward Makuzva
The International Cricket Council (ICC) was saddened to learn of the death of Peter Chingoka who died Thursday in Harare.
The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) legendary died after a short illness.
He was 65 and mourners are gathered at his home, number 38 Sandringham Drive in Alex Park, Harare.
In a statement released by Zimbabwe Cricket , Chingoka was an innings well played, committing almost his entire life to transforming what was once a minority sport into a truly national game played, run and enjoyed by all regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender or social status.
Chingoka served as ZC chairman from 1992 to 2014, working selflessly and tirelessly to develop and elevate the game of cricket in Zimbabwe to world-class standard.
“The first black Zimbabwean cricketer to play at a high level, he was a gifted seam bowler and lower-order batsman whose greatest achievement was his appointment as captain of the South African African XI that played in the Gillette Cup, a List A knockout competition, in 1975-76 and 1976-77.
“After playing club cricket for Universals, Chingoka decided to go into cricket administration”, said the statement.
The statement added that on 15 January 1983, he made history again by becoming the first black member of the then Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) board of control.
Since that day Mr Chingoka never looked back, making immense contributions to the game over the years as Zimbabwe became a force to be reckoned with on the international arena.
He was appointed ZCU vice-president in 1990 and took over as president in 1992, shortly after Zimbabwe gained Test status.
His influence extended beyond the borders of Zimbabwe, becoming a respected member of the International Cricket Council board while he also spearheaded the development of cricket throughout Africa through the Africa Cricket Association which he led for some time.
Chingoka might have stepped down as ZC chairman in 2014, but up to the time of his death he remained in service to the game as an esteemed and admired source of wisdom and guidance for the global cricket family.
ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani, described Chingoka ‘s death as a massive loss to the nation and the global cricket family.
“ Chingoka was a wonderful and very modest man who was well-respected and admired for his immense contribution to cricket.
“His dedication to the game of cricket is well-documented and he was well regarded internationally as an administrator.
“The global cricket family is certainly honored and fortunate to have benefitted from his visionary leadership and hard work.
“He will forever live on in our memories and in what all of us have become because of him.
“On behalf of the ZC board, management, players and staff, I would like to pass our heartfelt condolences to Mr Chingoka’s loving wife, Shirley, the rest of his family, friends as well as the entire nation and the global cricket family on the loss of the great man.
“You are all in our thoughts and we pray that you find strength and courage to get through this difficult time”, said Mukuhlani.
Meanwhile, funeral arrangements for the late Chingoka will be advised in due course.