International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket Team over the notice of political interference.
No representative from the Zimbabwe team can participate in any ICC event. The team was found violating Articles 2.4 (c) and (d) of ICC’s Constitution, thus leading to their suspension.
The Zimbabwean government was found accountable for abusing funds provided by ICC for the development of the game of cricket amid financial crisis in the country.
This is the first time when ICC decided to suspend a member. Back in 2015, Sri Lanka has only received a warning from the council due to the interference of the government.
ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar expressed his sentiments saying that he was highly-disappointed and stressed how the council could not turn a blind eye on the crucial matter at hand.
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.
All funds for the team have been seized with immediate effect. However, Zimbabwe will be given 3 months to improve the cricket board’s progress, which will be measured by ICC.
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