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Zimbabwe sports minister denies interference in cricket

21 July 2019

What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC Constitution and we can not allow it to continue unchecked.

After they found themselves in big trouble with the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspending their cricket board because of government's interference, Zimbabwe now have revealed their inability to stage domestic competitions as well as their Future Tours Programme schedule.

The ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of 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.

As a effect, ICC funding has been suspended and representative teams are banned from participating in ICC events.

"The ICC has directed that the elected ZC board, chaired by Tavengwa Mukuhlani, be reinstated to office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again in October,"the statement read".

June 25, 2008: The ECB cancel Zimbabwe's tour of England in 2009 and announce that "all bilateral arrangements are suspended with Zimbabwe cricket with immediate effect".

Raza took to Twitter to point out how ICC's "one decision" would have far-reaching effects on a number of families and careers whilst adding that going by the decision he could have already played his last worldwide match. However, he is reluctant to take any action as ICC chairman at the moment.

"@ICC It's heartbreaking to hear your verdict and suspend cricket in Zimbabwe". The SRC appointed an interim committee.

January 2006: ZC choose to withdraw the national team from Test cricket for, at least a year, but it wasn't until 2011 that Zimbabwe played a Test match. I am devastated that the @ICC ruling has affected our @ZimCricketv Players. We need a fresh start with no political interference.

Sikander, who has played 12 Tests, 97 ODIs and 32 T20Is for the country, took to Twitter to express his disappointment and said: "How one decision has made a team, strangers".

1 Approved the introduction of concussion replacements, effective from the first Ashes Test starting on August 1, following successful trials in domestic cricket. "Curious." - Corrupt Former sports minister David Coltart said the ICC had ignored the wishes of Zimbabwean players.

Fines for slow over rates will now be spread among the offending team's players and not just applied to the captain.

And the ICC agreed that captains would no longer be suspended for repeated or serious over-rate breaches.

Zimbabwe sports minister denies interference in cricket