Zimbabwe Cricket team has been suspended from ICC with immediate effect said in a statement on 18 July . The decision was taken in the International Cricket Council Annual Conference in London. The ICC unanimously said that the reason behind the move was because Zimbabwe Cricket had been unable to provide a process for conducting free and democratic elections.
The ICC said in a statement that “The full-time member failed to fulfil their obligation to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its administration for cricket.”
With this decision, Zimbabwe cricket will no longer receive ICC funding and representative teams from the country will be barred from participating at ICC events.
“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,” he added.
This move puts Zimbabwe’s participation in next years Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in jeopardy.
The Croatia Cricket Federation and the Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for non-compliance with ICC Membership criteria.
About The International Cricket Council (ICC) :
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the global governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1989.
Formation: 15 June 1909; 110 years ago
Membership: 105 members
Motto: Cricket for good
Chairman: Shashank Manohar
About Zimbabwe Cricket team :
Zimbabwe known as Rhodesia until 1980 had a national cricket team before it achieved Test status. On 21 July 1981, Zimbabwe became an associate member of the ICC. Zimbabwe participated in the 1983 Cricket World Cup, as well as the 1987 and 1992 events.