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Zimbabwe have been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with immediate effect.
This means all funding from the ICC to Zimbabwe Cricket will be halted, while the country’s men’s and women’s teams will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events.
As a result of this, the country is doubtful to take part in the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in August and Men’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in October.
After several meetings in London, the ICC Board ruled that Zimbabwe had violated Articles 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution as a result of government interference.
“We do not take the decision to suspend a Member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference,” ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said. “What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC Constitution and we cannot allow it to continue unchecked.”
In addition to Zimbabwe, the Croatia Cricket Federation and Zambia Cricket Union have also been suspended for failing to comply with the ICC Membership criteria.
As for the Moroccan Royal Cricket Federation, it has continued to not comply with the ICC Membership criteria and has thus been expelled as a member of the ICC.
Meanwhile, the ICC approved concussion player replacements in all men’s and women’s international matches, and in all first-class competitions around the world.
This comes after a successful two-year trial and will be implemented from August 1 onwards.
The ICC has also agreed the captains of international teams will no longer be suspended for over-rate offences and all players will be fined the same amount as the captain.
In regards to the World Test Championship matches, a team that has failed to adhere to the over-rate at the end of a match will have two competition points deducted for each over it is behind.
Furthermore, the ICC endorsed the Cricket Committee’s recommendation for using replays more often to check no-balls. Trials relating to this will be conducted in the coming months.