ICC suspends Zimbabwe Cricket over ‘political interference’
ICC suspends Zimbabwe for the impossibility of keeping the sport safe from government interference. This raises a question on their participation in the T20 World Cup qualifiers. The decision means that funding from the Zimbabwe International Cricket Council will be frozen and that the country’s representative teams will not be allowed to participate in ICC events. The sanction comes after the government suspended Zimbabwe’s cricket council last month and was replaced by an interim committee.
“The ICC has ordered that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Council be reinstated in three months. And progress in this regard will be reviewed again at the October board meeting”. “The ICC Board heard from representatives of the Zimbabwe government’s sports and recreation committee and Zimbabwe’s cricket before making their decision.”
ICC President Shashank Manohar said We do not take the decision to suspend a member lightly. But we must keep our sport safe from political interference. What happened in Zimbabwe is a serious violation of the ICC constitution and we cannot allow it to continue to be monitored.
Zimbabwe was scheduled to compete in the men’s World T20 qualifiers in October and November. The women’s playoffs starting at the end of August, but their participation is not yet clear. Political influence in sport and a series of humiliating performances led Zimbabwe to suspend its involvement in cricket test in 2005. Although they continued to play at the highest level with the internationals for one day and internationals Twenty20 (T20).
Zimbabwe was also Suspended before by ICC
Zimbabwe returned to Test Cricket in 2011, but are waste away in 10th place in the rankings. They are 12th in the international rankings in one day and have not taken part in the World Cup. Zambian Cricket Union has also been suspended for failing to meet the CCI membership criteria. While the Royal Moroccan Cricket Federation has been excluded for non-compliance with its criteria.
At the same meeting in London, the ICC also approved the introduction of concussion substitutes, starting with the first ash test, which began on 1 August, following successful tests in national cricket. The player must be an identical substitute, and any changes will have to be approved by the match referee. And the ICC agreed that captains would no longer be suspended for serious or repeated offenses.
All players will be held responsible for the rate slow down and will be fined equally to the captain. In World Test Championship matches, a team that has exceeded the required passing rate at the end of a match will have its points deducted.