Zimbabwe start on long road back to Test Cricket

CSA chief executive Gerald Majola and his ZCU opposite number Ozias Bvute led their respective delegations in a summit to agree on a route back to the top table of international cricket for Zimbabwe.

Majola said: "The plan, which targets grassroots cricket up to the national team, and the administration of Zimbabwe cricket, will now be workshopped by CSA’s cricket committee, the chief executive’s committee and will finally make its way to the CSA board meeting next February for final ratification."

He added: "We had a constructive session and now we look forward to gaining further insight from the cricket committee and the chief executive’s committee before presenting the three-year plan to the board.

Both boards are determined to find a successful and sustainable structure for Zimbabwe cricket."

Bvute said: "We met with Cricket South Africa and we are happy with the progress made with input from both parties. We shared ideas and looked for ways that will positively impact Zimbabwe Cricket. We are confident that jointly we will come up with a long-term solution."

ZCU President Peter Chingoka was also in good spirits after the meeting.

He said: "Zimbabwe has a wealth of cricket talent and we want to turn them into stars. Cricket South Africa have strong development structures and we look forward to learning from them as we continue unearthing the stars of the future."