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The latest development now means that Zimbabwe certainly will not feature in the Women’s and Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, respectively set to be held in Scotland in August-September and in Dubai in September-October. @ AFP

The ICC has set October 8 as the deadline for Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) to reinstate its governing body that was elected by the government on June 14 – a direct breach of the constitution – failing to which it will be forced to take more stringent measures which includes termination of membership.

ZC currently stands suspended and all funding from the ICC has been stopped after it was found guilty by the world governing body of political interference from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), a government-run enterprise in the country.

The latest development now means that Zimbabwe certainly will not feature in the Women’s and Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, respectively set to be held in Scotland in August-September and in Dubai in September-October. (ALSO READ: Zimbabwe Cricket suspended: Where do we go from here? Is there a way out? – Sikandar Raza)

According to a statement released by the ICC on Wednesday, it categorically mentions that ZC were found in breach of Articles 2.4 (D) and (E) of the ICC Articles of Association. The ICC will convene for its next meeting on October 12.

“Should you wish the ICC to reconsider your suspension, you are required to take all relevant steps to ensure that the Board of Zimbabwe Cricket elected on 14 June 2019 is unconditionally reinstated forthwith and, in any event, no later than 8 October 2019 so that the ICC Board can review the matter when it convenes on 12 October 2019 for its next meeting,” the statement from ICC reads.

“You are also required to provide satisfactory evidence to ensure that the Zimbabwe Cricket will administer its affairs free of external interference and influence. (ALSO READ: Zimbabwe Cricket suspended: Solomon Mire retires from international cricket)

“Should the ICC not receive a satisfactory response from you on the above terms, within the stipulated timeframe, the ICC reserves its right to take such further action as it deems appropriate including to proceed by way of termination of your membership as provided for in the Articles of Association.”

With a challenging environment ahead, it’s unlikely any of Zimbabwe’s teams will be in action before October.