Zimbabwe suspended from International Cricket Council

Zimbabwe cricket team celebrate taking a wicket

Zimbabwe cricket team celebrate taking a wicket

Worldwide cricket chiefs on Thursday (July 18) suspended Zimbabwe over a failure to keep the sport free from government interference, putting in doubt their participation in qualifiers for the World T20.

The ICC board, after meeting in London, unanimously made a decision to freeze funding to the national governing body and ban the southern African country's teams from global events.

"What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC constitution and we can not allow it to continue unchecked", Manohar added.

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ICC's chairman Shashank Manohar said that what happened in Zimbabwe is a "serious breach" of the ICC Constitution.

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In March, former Zimbabwe Cricket director Enock Ikope was given a 10-year ban from the game after being found guilty of breaching three counts of the ICC's anti-corruption code. Following the suspension of its cricket board, Zimbabwe's participation in the men's T20 World Cup qualifying tournament, starting in October 2019 is in doubt.

The Croatia Cricket Federation and the Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for continuing non-compliance with ICC Membership criteria.

According to article 2.4 (D) of the ICC constitution, every member must "manage its affairs autonomously and ensure that there is no government [or other public or quasi-public body] interference in its governance, regulation and/or administration of cricket in its cricket-playing country".

They played eight Test matches in 2005 after the suspension was lifted, but would then not play another Test match until 2011.

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