Why Zimbabwe got suspended by ICC over ‘government interference’

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Why Zimbabwe got suspended by ICC – ICC suspended Zimbabwe’s cricket team and their funding has been withdrawn. Zimbabwe will be prohibited from participating in any upcoming ICC events. Zimbabwe is due to take part in the T20 World Cup qualifier in October.

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After various meetings in London, the ICC Board confirmed that Zimbabwe Cricket violated Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution and that the measures of the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) in suspending the board in June constituted due to government interference in Zimbabwe’s Cricket.

Why Zimbabwe got suspended by ICC

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said, “We do not take the decision to suspend a Member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference. 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.”

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The ICC Board says that the full member had failed to fulfill their commitment to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its administration for cricket.

Why Zimbabwe got suspended by ICC

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ESPNcricinfo understands that a major part of the ICC to block funds to Zimbabwe was that it was concerned that the money might be diverted to the Zimbabwe government instead of being utilized for the development of cricket and the players.

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After the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to suspend Zimbabwe Cricket, cricketer Sikandar Raza said that it was not how he wanted to bid goodbye to international cricket. He posted an emotional message on Twitter: “How one decision has made a team, strangers, How one decision has made so many people unemployed, How one decision affects so many families, How one decision has ended so many careers, Certainly not how I wanted to say goodbye to international cricket. @ICC”

Brendan Taylor also tweeted, ‘It’s heartbreaking to hear your verdict and suspend cricket in Zimbabwe. The @Zimbabwe has no government back round yet our Chairman is an MP? Hundreds of honest people, players, support staff, ground staff totally devoted to ZC out of a job, just like that’

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