Zimbabwe Cricket(ZC) has been banned by the International Cricket Council(ICC) on 18 th July, as the Zimbabwe Cricket was unable to keep Government’s interference away from Board’s administration. The ICC have suspended many other associate nations until now (Nepal is still under suspension), but this is the first incident when a full member nation has been suspended from taking part in all ICC events. Now none of the representative teams of Zimbabwe could take part in any ICC event. Consequently Men’s and Women’s Cricket Team will be ruled out of the T-20 World Cup Qualifiers scheduled in August. All the funding provided by the ICC has been stopped. Solomon Mire, an all rounder of the Zimbabwe Cricket team, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket right after the incident. According to the ICC, “Zimbabwe cricket has been suspended with immediate effect. The ICC Board unanimously decided that ZC is in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC constitution which imposes a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and administration for cricket.”
Zimbabwe is going through economic crisis. According to a report, ICC suspected that the financial support provided to Zimbabwe Cricket by the ICC, is handed over to the govt. instead of the players. ICC didn’t clear the fact of the duration of the ban, but the issue may be raised and considered in the next ICC meeting in October. Hopefully Zimbabwe Cricket Board find a way to sort things or this may be the end of Zimbabwe cricket.
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Written by – Shrey Shrivastava