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ICC suspends Zimbabwe from global cricket

19 July 2019

The ICC Annual Conference also signed off on the use of concussion substitutes in worldwide cricket, which will come into effect from the start of the Ashes series next month.

The worldwide cricket future of Zimbabwe is in limbo, after the ICC suspended the nation for failing to keep the sport free from government interference.

The Moroccan Royal Cricket Federation have continued to remain non-compliant with ICC Membership Criteria 2.2 (b)(ii), 2.2 (b)(iii), 2.2 (b)(iv) and 2.2 (e)(i) and as such has been expelled from Membership of the ICC.

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.

"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.

The ICC will consider the progress made in the scenario at the October Board meeting. Their involvement in October's T20 World Cup-qualifying tournament, therefore, is in jeopardy. The replaced player will need to be a like-for-like substitute with any switch needed to be approved by the Match Referee as well.

Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC constitution 'which imposes an obligation on members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and/or administration for cricket respectively'.

Concussion substitutes could feature in the Ashes after they were approved for all worldwide cricket from the first Test between England and Australia at Edgbaston onwards.

At the same meeting, the ICC also approved the introduction of concussion replacements, effective from the first Ashes Test, and a new way of fining players for slow over-rates, with captains no longer at the mercy of suspensions and fines instead being spread across a team.

ICC suspends Zimbabwe from global cricket