No more cricket tournaments for Zimbabwe - ICC
In an ICC board meeting held at London on 18th July, this Thursday led to the first-ever suspension of a full-time member team - The Zimbabwe Cricket. As a result of the suspension, the ICC’s funding to Zimbabwe would be frozen and there’s a justified intention behind that too. As the ICC distributes revenue to Member Boards in US dollars, the governing body was ambiguous that the Zimbabwe government would capture it. The Full Member was supposed to fulfil their obligation to provide a process for a free environment and that there is no government interference in its administration for cricket but the former failed to so.
“We do not take the decision to suspend a Member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference,” said ICC chairman Shashank Manohar. “What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC Constitution and we cannot allow it to continue unchecked. The ICC wants cricket to continue in Zimbabwe in accordance with the ICC Constitution.”
Following the consequences of the suspension, it limits the Zimbabwe Cricket from participating in ICC events, which means they won't be able to feature in the women's and men's T20 WC Qualifier 2019, respectively scheduled for Scotland in August-September and Dubai in September-October, as of the recent schedule.
The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to the office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting.
Also, the Croatia, Morocco and Zambia Cricket Union have both also been expelled for continuing to be non-compliant.
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