Sikandar Raza ‘speechless’ after ICC replaces Zimbabwe in World T20 qualifiers
Sikandar Raza (AFP Photo)

Zimbabwe cricketer Sikandar Raza has lashed out at the ICC after their decision to replace their women and men’s cricket team at the ICC World T20 qualifiers.

READ: Namibia, Nigeria replace suspended Zimbabwe for WT20 qualifiers

While Namibia will replace Zimbabwe women team, Nigeria will take the spot of their men’s team at the qualifiers.

Nigeria will join hosts UAE, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, Kenya, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Singapore and two teams from the Americas Final due to be held later this month, ICC announced in a media release.

Expressing his shock at the latest decision, Raza asked ICC to not leave ‘anymore surprises’

“Just speechless at this decision by @ICC. So if @ICC have (sic) anymore surprises for us please don’t be shy, just get them ALL out now so that we can plan our unemployed lives a bit better. Regards, An unemployed, frustrated and out of opportunities Cricketer,” Raza posted on Tuesday.

The decision has come after ICC suspended Zimbabwe Cricket due to government interference and failure to provide a conducive environment for fair elections.

The elected members of Zimbabwe board were suspended by government agency Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) which was violation of articles 2.4 (c) and d.

Immediately after the decision, Solomon Mire had announced his retirement from international cricket and later reports emerged that the Zimbabwe players were ready to play for free in order to secure the future of the sport in the country.