ICC likely to ban Zimbabwe for political intervention
Cricket’s governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) is highly likely to suspend Zimbabwe after political meddling is reportedly dominant in the country’s cricket board.
The decision will be taken at this year’s ICC conference scheduled to happen in two weeks’ time.
Zimbabwe is currently placed at 12th position in ICC ODI rankings.
Last month, the Zimbabwean government’s sports and recreation commission suspended the entire cricket board and appointed an interim committee which contradicted ICC rules that prohibits political interference in its members.
The chairman of the sports and recreation commission, Gerald Mlotshwa has complained that staff has yet to return to work since ZC suspension.
The above mentioned move of the government came following huge complaints of irregularities in the nomination process and violation of constitution.
If Zimbabwe would be suspended, their appearances in men’s and women’s teams in the qualification tournaments for the next Twenty20 World Cup would be jeopardized.
However, some reports shows that Zimbabwe’s FTP might continue as it was earlier shown in cases of USA and Nepal who were also suspended but were permitted to continue playing under control.
But if Zimbabwe cricket (ZC) will handed the ban, their board would receive no money for the duration of the course.
Last year, Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the World Cup, losing to United Arab Emirates (UAE) after which their head coach, captain and chief selector were sacked.
Recently, the team lost to the Netherlands 2-0 in an ODI series. And against Ireland, Zimbabwe are languishing in the three-match series in 2-0 with one match remaining on July 7 at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast.