End of the road for Zimbabwean cricket?

Staff Writer | Jul 23, 2019
Cricket’s global governing body has suspended Zimbabwe.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Zimbabwe in reaction to the government’s interference in running the sport.

The board of Zimbabwe Cricket was suspended in June by a government body, the Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC). The acting managing director, Givemore Makoni, was also suspended.

The Zimbabwe cricket side can still play in bilateral series, but it is barred from participating in tournaments arranged by the ICC, meaning its participation both in the men’s and in the women’s T20 World Cups is now in serious doubt.

The suspension also means that Zimbabwe Cricket will no longer receive funds from the ICC. It was reported that the ICC was concerned that funds earmarked for Zimbabwe Cricket could be diverted to the country’s government, as it faces yet another economic crisis, with inflation nearing 200%.

The ICC has said that if the original board is reinstated it will reconsider its position on Zimbabwe at the next board meeting, to be held in October.

The latest crisis in Zimbabwe could lead to another player exodus. Solomon Mire has already announced his retirement and other stalwarts, such as batsman Sikandar Raza and fast bowler Kyle Jarvis, have hinted they could join him in leaving international cricket.

It remains to be seen whether Zimbabwe cricket can recover from this latest blow. It seems unlikely.

 

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