Zimbabwe Cricket Suspended Over Political Interference


The ICC called for Zimbabwe's cricket officials to be reinstated within three months after which the suspension will be reviewed in October, it said.

The worldwide governing body has now taken the decision to strip Zimbabwe of full member status, which puts their hopes of featuring in the T20 World Cup next year in doubt.

Zimbabwe have been suspended from the ICC with immediate effect.

The decision means International Cricket Council funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be frozen and representative teams from the country will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events.

"Zimbabwe in accordance with the ICC constitution".

The decision was taken in the ICC Annual Conference in London.

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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'.

They are 12th in the one-day worldwide rankings and did not take part in the just-concluded World Cup in England and Wales.

Concussion substitutes could feature in the Ashes after they were approved for all global cricket from the first Test between England and Australia at Edgbaston onwards. The team's medical representative will take a decision on replacements with the player required to be a like-for-like replacement who is approved by the Match Referee.

"Captains will no longer be suspended for repeated or serious over rate breaches". The captain of the respective team used to get the penalty points and also finds himself in a sight of bothering by nearing towards the match suspension.

Concussion replacements will also be introduced following successful trials in domestic cricket.