BCB hit by ICC ban on Zimbabwe

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 20,2019


A file photo from October 26, 2018 shows Zimbabwe players celebrating a Bangladesh wicket during their third ODI match in Chattogram. — AFP photo

Bangladesh’s plan to host a tri-nation Twenty20 tournament involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe in September suffered a jolt after the International Cricket Council on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect.

The ICC in its annual conference in London decided to suspend Cricket Zimbabwe for breaching certain provisions of its constitution that barred political interference in cricket administration. 

As the suspension was imposed only for ICC events, the BCB was yet to be sure if it would affect Zimbabwe’s bilateral engagements.

‘We have heard about the decision only yesterday [Thursday], so we are yet to decide about the future of the series,’ BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan said.

‘We will sit on 22nd July to discuss about the future of the forthcoming series. This can be a bilateral series against Afghanistan or we make arrange the third team so that we can host a tri-series,’ he added.

The series was previously scheduled to take place in between September 14 and 23 although the venue was not confirmed.

Zimbabwe government has recently suspended the cricket board citing irregularities and created a governing body to run the board.

‘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 in a statement.

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

‘The ICC wants cricket to continue in Zimbabwe in accordance with the ICC Constitution,’ he added.

Zimbabwe were due to compete in the men’s World T20 qualifiers in October and November and the women’s qualifiers starting in late August but their participation is now unclear.

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