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ZC Contracts Out T20 Competition

The match schedule for this year's T20 franchise competition has been released, and interestingly ZC won't be running it themselves - instead, the license to operate the tournament has been awarded to Dominus Sport, as the following press release from ZC details:

The domestic Twenty20 (T20) competition will take place from the 12th to the 20th of February. The nine day competition becomes the first Zimbabwe Cricket competition to be run under license.

The decision to run the T20 under license came following a Zimbabwe Cricket Board resolution reached at a general meeting in Bulawayo in August 2009. The ZC Board resolved to commercialize its various domestic competitions and that the 2009/2010 Twenty 20 competition would be the first tournament to be run under license.

To this end, the license to run the domestic Twenty20 (T20) competition has been awarded for a period to the Harare based, sport events management company, Wellfirm (Pvt) Ltd trading as Dominus Sport. While the license gives Dominus Sport the sole mandate to stage the limited overs competition, ZC remains the governing body of the competition and Dominus Sport will work within the ZC domestic competition structures to run the competition.

The new T20 format will see all of Zimbabwe's five franchises competing in a 9 day competition alongside a sixth international side.

"Twenty20 cricket has gained popularity around the world and has carved out a niche market for itself. We saw the need to be innovative in our approach to increasing cricket audiences here in Zimbabwe and decided to enter into a partnership with Dominus Sport. I am confident that this relationship will result in the growth of cricket as a mass market sport and entertainment alternative", said ZC Managing Director Ozias Bvute about the new partnership.

There's a clear hint there that other competitions may also be licensed out if this proves succcessful - definitely an interesting move, as is the inclusing of a sixth 'international' side.
[Source: ZC]

ZC Shuffles Remaining Domestic Fixtures

ZC have issued a revised schedule for the remainder of the domestic season, which affects all three domestic competitions. For full details, check our Domestic Fixtures page, but the main changes are:

Faithwear MetBank One-Day Series
The semi-finals, which were due to be played tomorrow, have been moved to 7th April. The final will close out the domestic season on 10th April.

Logan Cup
Most fixtures have been moved forward by one week, so the next round will begin tomorrow (13th January). The final weeks' fixtures, and the final, have been moved to late March.

MetBank Twenty20
The competition has been brought forward, with matches to be played between 12-20 February. The full schedule for this competition has not yet been issued.

Nothing like leaving things a bit late...

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