Suspension puts doubt over Zimbabwe tour of India next year

With ICC suspending Zimbabwe Cricket for violating it’s constitution, it casts doubt over Zimbabwe’s scheduled tour of India early next year.

Zimbabwe are scheduled to tour India for three T20Is in Guwahati (Jan 5), Indore (Jan 7) and Pune (Jan 10).

The ICC on Thursday unanimously decided that its full member ZC has breached Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of its constitution which imposes an obligation on members to provide a process for free and democratic elections. The Zimbabwe government’s Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) suspended the elected body in Zimbabwe Cricket in June, which constituted government interference. The breach meant the world body suspended ZC with immediate effect and also froze all the funds. ALSO READ: Zimbabwe sports minister Kristy Conventry takes on ICC, tweets ‘There has been no Government Interference @ICC !!!”’

The tour was Zimbabwe’s first since 2002 when they had played two Tests and five ODIs against the hosts.

The suspension means Zimbabwe are barred from participating in any ICC events making their participation in Women’s T20 World Cup qualifier in August and Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in October highly unlikely.

A day after ICC suspended Zimbabwe Cricket for violating its constitution, Zimababwe Sports Minister and two-time Olympian Kristy Coventry took to twitter to make her ministry’s stand clear, stating that there has been no government interference in matters of Zimbabwe cricket. ALSO READ: Zimbabwe Cricket suspended: Solomon Mire retires from international cricket

Earlier today, the Zimbabwe board released a statement saying they are ready to cooperate with the Zimbabwe’s Sports and Recreation Commission to get Zimbabwe back to operating within the confines of the ICC statutes again.

Coventry also went on to tweet that there is need for good governance at ZC for the international success we all want to see. Any decisions towards that should never affect the Players. ALSO READ: Zimbabwe Cricket suspended: Where do we go from here? Is there a way out? – Sikandar Raza

The first casualty of the ICC’s decision was allrounder Solomon Mire, who a day after the crippling development announced his retirement from international cricket. ALSO READ: ICC suspends Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect

Mire’s statement on social media came hours after his team-mate Sikandar Raza spoke of the fear and insecurity gripping Zimbabwe’s cricketers following the ICC’s decision to withdrawn funding for ZC and barring the Zimbabwean cricket team from participating at ICC events, such as the T20 World Cup qualifier in October