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Zimbabwe readmitted as ICC member

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Zimbabwe have been readmitted as a member of the International Cricket Council.

Zimbabwe Cricket were suspended by the ICC in July due to government interference in its administration.

The ICC directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board, which had been suspended by the Zimbabwe Sports and Recreation Commission, be reinstated to office within three months. 

The suspension meant Zimbabwe were barred from participating in ICC events, with their funding from the ICC frozen.

The ICC’s decision to reinstate ZC came after a meeting between the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney, ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani, Zimbabwe sports minister Kirsty Coventry and chairman of the Zimbabwe Sports and Recreation Commission Gerald Mlotshwa.

Speaking after the conclusion of the ICC’s board meetings in Dubai on Monday, Manohar said: “I would like to thank the Zimbabwe Sports Minister for her commitment to the reinstatement of Zimbabwe Cricket. Her desire to work in support of Zimbabwe Cricket was clear and she has unconditionally complied with the conditions set down by the ICC Board.

“Funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will continue to be on a controlled basis as part of a collective effort behind getting the game in Zimbabwe back on an even keel.”

Zimbabwe will now be able to send sides to the U-19 Cricket World Cup in January 2020 and next year’s ICC Super League.

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