ICC suspends Zimbabwe with immediate effect
After the end of ICC’s conference, the game’s governing body International Cricket Council has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect.
A number of decisions have been taken in the board meeting in London, which confirmed concussion-replacements in international to be active from August 1st.
An ICC release stated that ZC ‘is in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution which imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and / or administration for cricket respectively.’
Over the years, Zimbabwe have been hampered with politics which now results a suspension from ICC. Thus, Zimbabwean board will not be part of ICC funding and their representative teams are barred from participating in ICC events which leaves their Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in serious threat.
Meanwhile, Croatia and Zambia are also suspended whilst Morocco is completely expelled from ICC’s membership.
“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.”
The ICC has ordered that Zimbabwe Cricket be reinstated to office within three months. Further process will be discussed in the next ICC conference that is scheduled to be in October.
Earlier, Zimbabwean cricket board was suspended by the country’s government in June this year.