Kirsty Coventry

Turmoil as ICC suspend Zimbabwe Cricket

Zimbabwe cricket has been plunged into turmoil after the International Cricket Council suspended the country from being a member.

Patrick Langwana 

The country is effectively barred from the ICC membership and will not get funding from the international board as well as from participating in its programmes.

Government is now in sixes and sevens trying to react to the shock suspension with Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry taking to social media to argue that there was no interference from the board.

For her boast, Coventry has received brickbats from cricket enthusiasts who blasted her for “ignorance” and taking the game into the woods.

The Zimbabwe Sports and Recreation Commission says it is yet to receive a formal writing from the ICC concerning the recent suspension of Zimbabwe Cricket.

“The SRC and the interim committee is yet to be formally advised in writing of the ICC’s detailed reasons for its decision. Once it is in respect of the same, the SRC will activate various contingency it has considered in the event of such a decision.” SRC chairman Gerald Mlotshwa said in a statement.

On Thursday, the ICC board unanimously suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect on the reason that it had failed to fulfil its obligation to provide a process for a free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its administration of cricket.

“We do not take the decision to suspend a Member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference,” ICC chairperson Shashank Manohar said.

Last month the SRC suspended the newly elected Zimbabwe Cricket board replacing it with an interim administration.

Among other reasons the SRC said the ZC had defied a lawful directive. The SRC had ordered the suspension of ZC’s elective annual general meeting (AGM) which was held on June 14.

ZC defied the order and went onto hold their AGM where Tavengwa Mukuhlani was re-elected as board chairman.

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