Zimbabwe senior women’s cricket national team, Lady Chevrons last played a competitive match in 2019. This was during the 2019 ICC women’s qualifiers Africa. Unlikely their male counterparts who either struggles or disappoints, Lady Chevrons were crowned as champions. And automatically qualified for the ICC Women’s qualifiers.
However, Zimbabwe failed to participate in the World Cup qualifiers after ICC suspended Zimbabwe for government interference. In October 2019 the cricket governing board lifted the suspension they had imposed on Zimbabwe.
Since the suspension was lifted the Lady Chevrons have not played a competitive cricket. Last year they were scheduled to tour Thailand for a quadrangular series involving the hosts, Ireland and Scotland. But the tour was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their tour to Namibia this month was postponed due to the 30 lockdown restrictions imposed by the government of Zimbabwe. Last year Zimbabwe Cricket had to seek permission from the government to send the men’s senior cricket team to Pakistan for a limited overseas series. And the government granted them permission.
The same government also granted Zimbabwe national team to travel to Cameroon for the Total CHAN 2020 competition which kicks off on the 16th of January. To add salt to fresh wounds Zimbabwe senior men’s cricket team are scheduled to play Afghanistan next month!
It’s tough being a women’s cricketer in Zimbabwe. https://t.co/SxLxNQTqtP
— Sharne Mayers (@MayersSharne) January 10, 2021
Questions should be asked. Can’t Zimbabwe Cricket also seek permission from government to allow the Lady Chevrons tour Namibia. Zimbabwe Cricket is also one of those sports association in the country that is lacking women in their top-level management structures.
Imagine if the noise that people made when ICC suspended Zimbabwe Cricket for government interference was the same they are making now since the association is ignoring women’s cricket.