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Zimbabwe's Masakadza handed new Director of Cricket role

FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwe's batsman Hamilton Masakadza hits a shot during the third One Day International (ODI) match against New Zealand in Bulawayo October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe have appointed recently retired former national team captain Hamilton Masakadza as their new Director of Cricket, a new all-powerful role aimed at improving the way the organisation develops the game on and off the pitch.

Masakadza will take up the position on Nov. 1 and will be “accountable for the recruitment, management and interaction of senior cricket technical staff within the cricket affairs department”, said a Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) statement on Wednesday.

The decision to appoint a Director of Cricket was made at a ZC board meeting in August as the country battled with financial challenges, a brief international suspension for government interference and poor performances on the pitch.

“This is a key appointment that clearly indicates our desire to strengthen our cricket across all levels while also improving the game administratively,” ZC Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said.

Former batting all-rounder Masakadza played 313 matches across all three formats for Zimbabwe and retired last month after 18 years on the international circuit.

Reporting by Nick Said; editing by Ken Ferris