Zimbabwe suspended from ICC with immediate effect for breach of constitution

Ross Houston
July 19, 2019

The International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to ban Zimbabwe from international cricket on Thursday has left their cricket stars heartbroken.

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

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The ICC board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket was in breach of article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the constitution, and the sports and recreation committee's suspension of the board earlier this year constituted governmental interference.

Zimbabwe's cricketer Sean Williams (L) celebrates his century (100 runs) with teammate Peter Moor (R) during the third one day global (ODI) cricket match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on October 26, 2018.

Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the recent 50-overs World Cup in England, having struggled to schedule matches against major teams in worldwide cricket as their financial position worsened.

The ICC said that it will review its decision at a board meeting in October.

The Croatia Cricket Federation and Zambia Cricket Union have also been suspended for ongoing non-compliance.

"Following a two-year trial.in domestic cricket, the ICC approved concussion player replacements in all formats of men's and women's global cricket and for first class cricket worldwide", the ICC said in a statement following their annual conference in London.

Decisions on concussion will be made by the team's medical representative while the incoming player, who will be allowed to bat and bowl, must be deemed a "like for like" replacement approved by the match referee. "The change will come into effect from 1 August, meaning the first game for which they will be in play will be the first men's Ashes Test at Edgbaston".

The last adjustment is with regard to punishments for maintaining a slow over-rate.

The government-run commission acted after alleging corruption in the administration, but the ICC viewed it as government interference, which is against the world body's rules.

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