Zimbabwe sports minister Kristy Conventry takes on ICC, tweets ‘There has been no Government Interference @ICC !!!”’

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.

In a series of tweet sent out by the minister, Coventry clarified that the Minister of Sport elects Zimbabwe’s Sports and Recreation Commission board and they are not a government, but are a public body.

The SRC had suspended Zimbabwe Cricket board in June and formed an interim committee to manage cricket affairs in the country, prompting ICC to suspend ZC.

 

With this decision, Zimbabwe will no longer receive ICC funding and representative teams from the country will be barred from participating at ICC events. The move also puts Zimbabwe’s participation in next year’s Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in jeopardy.

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.

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.

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Sikandar Raza spoke of the fear and insecurity gripping Zimbabwe’s cricketers following the ICC’s decision to withdrawn funding for ZC and barring the Zimbabwean cricket team from participating at ICC events, such as the T20 World Cup qualifier in October