International Cricket Council suspend Zimbabwe

Tanya Simon
July 19, 2019

ICC also took some major decisions regarding the pace of play and slow over rates, which includes the captains will no longer be suspended for repeated or serious over rate breaches.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Zimbabwe with immediate effect for breach of its constitution.

Funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be withheld while teams from the country won't be afforded participation in ICC events.

ICC's chairman Shashank Manohar said that what happened in Zimbabwe is a "serious breach" of the ICC Constitution.

The ICC unanimously took the decision stating that Zimbabwe Cricket had failed to fulfil their obligation to "provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its administration for cricket".

State-owned enterprise the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) suspended the entire Zimbabwe Cricket board last month, with an interim committee appointed to run cricket in the country.

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ICC funding has been frozen and a demand has been made for the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board to be reinstated within three months.

The Croatia, Morocco and Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for continuing to be non compliant.

"What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC constitution and we can not allow it to continue unchecked", Manohar added.

Among the other major decisions, the ICC also approved concussion player replacements in all formats of men's and women's global cricket and for First-Class cricket worldwide.

Concussion substitutes could feature in the Ashes after they were approved for all global cricket from the first Test between England and Australia at Edgbaston onwards. Players will face a points deduction in the ICC Test Championship, instead of a suspension for the captain which had been the rule so far.

Also significant is an adjustment to punishments for maintaining a slow over-rate.

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