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    Zimbabwe and Nepal have been readmitted as ICC Members [Post #83]

    The introduction of concussion replacements and a change to over-rate punishments were two of the major decisions made at the ICC Annual Conference in London, where the headline was the decision to suspend Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect.

    The ICC Board unanimously decided that the Full Member had failed to fulfil their obligation to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its administration for cricket.

    ICC funding will be suspended, and representative teams from the country will be barred from participating at ICC events, putting their participation in October’s Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in jeopardy.

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

    Concussion replacements will also be introduced following successful trials in domestic cricket. The player will need to be a like-for-like substitute, and any such switch will need to be approved by the Match Referee. The change will come into effect from 1 August, meaning the first game for which they will be in play will be the first men's Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

    Also significant is an alteration to punishments for maintaining a slow over-rate. Captains will no longer face suspension, but players face point deductions in the ICC Test Championship for breaches.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1288490
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    What? Aren't they playing series against IRE?

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    Really really sad news. But it's been coming. I always wanted them to do well, but this was inevitable. They're going to go the Kenya way unfortunately

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    Very sad if true.... Very bad for Cricket and got Zimbabwe as well. I hope PCB can try to help or doing something we must not forget they were the first team to tour Pakistan in 2015 we should try to help if their is a way we can

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    From the days of the wonderful Andy Flower, Heath Streak to this. Such a shame!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nextover666666 View Post
    Very sad if true.... Very bad for Cricket and got Zimbabwe as well. I hope PCB can try to help or doing something we must not forget they were the first team to tour Pakistan in 2015 we should try to help if their is a way we can
    No one can help them unless they want to help themselves.

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    Zimbabwe cricket is already dead. Cricket is declining rapidly worldwide.

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    Very bad news for Fakahar zaman


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    No more Zimbabwe bashing for Pakistan! But on a serious note, this is unfortunate. Their test team was looking decent, they best BAN in BAN In a test and drew the series

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    Zimbabwe Cricket suspended by ICC with immediate effect

    Decisions taken by the ICC following Annual Conference meetings in London include:

    Concussion player replacements to be introduced in international cricket
    Medical Standards for international cricket also introduced
    Zimbabwe, Croatia and Zambia suspended whilst Morocco is expelled

    Governance

    Zimbabwe Cricket has been suspended with immediate effect. 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 consequence of suspension, ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events. The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting.

    The ICC Board heard from both the Sports and Recreation Committee representatives of the Zimbabwe Government and Zimbabwe Cricket before making their decision.

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

    The Croatia Cricket Federation and the Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for continuing non-compliance with ICC Membership criteria.

    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.

    Cricket

    Following a two-year trial of concussion replacements in domestic cricket, the ICC approved concussion player replacements in all formats of men’s and women’s international cricket and for First-Class cricket worldwide.

    This will be included in ICC playing conditions from 1 August 2019. Decisions on replacements will continue to be made by the team medical representative and the player should be a like-for-like replacement who will need to be approved by the Match Referee.

    Following recommendations from the Cricket Committee regarding the pace of play and slow over rates in international cricket, the ICC agreed to the following:

    Captains will no longer be suspended for repeated or serious over rate breaches.
    All players should be held equally responsible for slow over rates, and as such will be fined at the same level as the captain.
    In World Test Championship matches a team that is behind the required over rate at the end of a match will have two competition points deducted for each over it is behind.

    The ICC endorsed the Cricket Committee recommendation that there should be further exploration of the use of replays to call No balls, and trials will be conducted over the coming months.

    The ICC approved a revised set of Medical Standards for ICC global and regional events and all other international cricket. The standards are aimed at driving greater consistency in medical care of players around the world.

    Events

    Malaysia Cricket Association and Cricket Hong Kong have been approved as the hosts of the first events of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge Leagues A and B. Sri Lanka will host the Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2020.

    Women’s Committee

    The newly constituted ICC Women’s Committee met for the first time following a decision in the February meetings to change the composition and enhance the terms of the group in order to continue to accelerate the growth of the women’s game and women and girls following the game.

    Clare Connor remains as Chair of the Committee and she is joined by Full Member CEOs Warren Deutrom (CI) and Wasim Khan (PCB); two co-opted representatives from Full Members, Saba Karim (BCCI) and Belinda Clark (CA); Natalie Germanos (SA) as a media representative, Lisa Stahelekar, Sana Mir and Mithali Raj as current player representatives and Mark Robinson as coach representative. An Associate Member representative will be voted onto the Committee and an independent representative will also be appointed in due course.

    ICC CEO Manu Sawhney said: “We have had a very productive week of meetings at the ICC Annual Conference which brings together all ICC Members to celebrate the global game and learn from each other.

    “We want to drive the transformative global growth of the sport and that needs to be a collective effort involving the whole sport thinking big and thinking differently to deliver greater engagement in our sport. Women’s cricket can play a significant role in this growth and as such I welcome the members of the newly constituted ICC Women’s Committee.

    “I also welcome the decision to introduce concussion substitutes into cricket and this coupled with the introduction of Minimum Medical Standards will go a considerable way to protecting player welfare.”



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    So

    Why hasn't been BCCI banned yet? Theirs is the biggest scam where government openly interferes in a series and instructs the board not to play a particular country.

    Buss paisa chalta hai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Buss paisa chalta hai.
    Well yeah . . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    So

    Why hasn't been BCCI banned yet? Theirs is the biggest scam where government openly interferes in a series and instructs the board not to play a particular country.

    Buss paisa chalta hai.
    Thats exatly what i was gonna say.
    As BCCI is always hididng behid government why no 1 dare to take notice


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    This makes no sense, why don't they stop the Indian government from interfering in the BCCI's affairs if they're so big on "no govt interference".

    to ensure that there is no government interference in its administration for cricket.


    "but but vut about da pundits?!?!?!?!?!"

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    That's one way of growing the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakistanian View Post
    This makes no sense, why don't they stop the Indian government from interfering in the BCCI's affairs if they're so big on "no govt interference".
    We'd get banned too by the virtue of our PMs nominating the chairmen PCB. If we are being honest, the 'nomination' is as good as an appointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angrez Pakistani View Post
    We'd get banned too by the virtue of our PMs nominating the chairmen PCB. If we are being honest, the 'nomination' is as good as an appointment.
    I know. The ICC is inconsistent, if it's trying so hard to be like FIFA then it needs to go all the way and prevent all govt interference, they should start by suspending the BCCI for being controlled by the Indian govt.


    "but but vut about da pundits?!?!?!?!?!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakistanian View Post
    This makes no sense, why don't they stop the Indian government from interfering in the BCCI's affairs if they're so big on "no govt interference".
    Indian government doesn't interfere on administrative level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    So

    Why hasn't been BCCI banned yet? Theirs is the biggest scam where government openly interferes in a series and instructs the board not to play a particular country.

    Buss paisa chalta hai.
    I agree completely with this point. I would also add PCB to the list as its patron in chief is none other than PM of the nation. He elected Chairman purely based on his likings without any democratic(voting among members) process. Im not defending BCCI or bashing PCB. Im only pointing out political influence in PCB as well. Tbh its practically impossible to separate politics from sports. We can all try to minimize the influence

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    Zimbabwe cricket died when they failed to defeat UAE in the qualifier. That was pretty much a nail in the coffin. They lost all spirits and started to play like associates after that.

    Sad news indeed.


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    I can think of a few other Boards where the politicians are involved heavily.

    ICC not doing anything about them?



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    England has a vendetta against Zimbabwe in general because the ‘english’ in Zimbabwe are losing their estates and Farmland. Some can argue that its rightly so because they didnt really own them legally in the first place. The injustice from Rhodesian days had to be put right at some point in time.

    Now ECB has much more influence on ICC, so you can do 2+2

    Unfortunately ICC and ECB set their moral high ground on ‘case by case’ basis. In general this is bad for cricket as a Sport.

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    Thought things would change now that Mugabe isn't in power. Sad times for Zimbabwe Cricket, it's depressing to know that they've been on the decline since the 2003 WC.

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    I think "The Government Interference" means that the funds provided by the ICC for the game development in that particular region are consumed by the government of that region. That is why they had to freeze the funds and suspend that country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketerB94 View Post
    I think "The Government Interference" means that the funds provided by the ICC for the game development in that particular region are consumed by the government of that region. That is why they had to freeze the funds and suspend that country.
    Exactly.

    Zimbabwe gets millions from ICC which aren't even used to pay their own cricketers.

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    how long are they suspended for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    Very bad news for Fakahar zaman
    And Imam.

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    Feel for the players and fans but literally hundreds of millions of dollars have probably been stolen by ZC. No sympathy for that shower.

    Dont be fooled into thinking the ICC give a damn about government interference btw. As Markhor points out thats already commonplace in the desi cricket countries and elsewhere. Whats ticked the ICC off here is that the government have sacked/tried to replace the entire ZC board. Imagine if the BCCI/PCB etc felt they could all be sacked tomorrow. That's why they've been suspended, clear message being sent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyWarsFan View Post
    No more Zimbabwe bashing for Pakistan! But on a serious note, this is unfortunate. Their test team was looking decent, they best BAN in BAN In a test and drew the series
    They achieved the equivalent of what Australia achieved in BAN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakistanian View Post
    This makes no sense, why don't they stop the Indian government from interfering in the BCCI's affairs if they're so big on "no govt interference".
    Why just stop at BCCI? BD/SL/PAK all has some sort of goverment involvement that flows into cricket. What happened to ZIM is truely heart breaking. Downfall of a test nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal Ahmad15 View Post
    how long are they suspended for?
    Indefinitely.

    A tough decision, but the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I can think of a few other Boards where the politicians are involved heavily.

    ICC not doing anything about them?
    Well yes, Imran Khan is the patron of the PCB as the sitting Prime Minister.

    I think that within the BCCI model, their state associations are basically technically headed by sitting politicians, although perhaps not run by them.

    With Sri Lankan cricket, again it seems like government has an undue influence on the board.

    With the Sub-Continent, with the money that the sport provides, as well as the influence on the general populace, politicians will get involved - its then down to the scope of involvement.

    On India, and the government directive not to play Pakistan - the ICC is probably hamstrung by past precedent. The UK government had basically directed the ECB not to play Zimbabwe, and the ICC did nothing.

    But, Zimbabwe Cricket was basically a free vote for the BCCI - especially when run by Srinivasan, who would toss them the odd series now and again to keep them sweet. Ever since the BCCI's wings have been cut, I don't think they hold that kind of influence anymore anyway, but nevertheless a blow for the old BCCI faction who will no doubt find themselves back running things soon enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    So

    Why hasn't been BCCI banned yet? Theirs is the biggest scam where government openly interferes in a series and instructs the board not to play a particular country.

    Buss paisa chalta hai.
    It's just in relation to one problematic country. Zimbabwe cricket is entirely a different issue. It's affecting their own Cricket at all levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthazar View Post
    It's just in relation to one problematic country. Zimbabwe cricket is entirely a different issue. It's affecting their own Cricket at all levels.
    Political interference is political inference. The real difference is ICC doesn't give any money to BCCI in-fact its the other way around.

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    Very hard on the Zimbabwean players.

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    Indians on social media were making fun of Pakistan saying that woh sad day for Pakistan who will they score 500 runs Agaisnt now Fakhar Zaman is sad and so is imam and babar , Fakhar will not score a double century again.

    Like such crazy people first and foremost Zimbabwe got suspended have some respect this is not a time to make jokes , secondly their obsession with Pakistan is insane like wow get a girlfriend India lol

    Thirdly don't worry about Fakhar Zaman he will always be in your nightmares for what he did to India at the champions trophy final and winning the trophy on Father's Day

    Show some respect to your father Zaman 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakhs View Post
    Political interference is political inference. The real difference is ICC doesn't give any money to BCCI in-fact its the other way around.
    The BCCI doesn't give a penny to the ICC. The money flow is completely the other way around.

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    Feel Sorry for the players but Zimbabwe as a country has been in a huge mess for decades now. Corrupt regimes destroy countries.


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    Solomon Mire just announced his retirement. I expect more Zimbabwe cricketers to retire. Situation is not looking good.


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    Cricket was already on the downfall and the decision is really heart breaking, especially for Zimbabwean cricketers and their loyal fans.

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    Sikander Raza back to Pakistan?

    Would take him over Malik any day of the week

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    FICA response to ICC announcement:

    Concussion Replacements and Minimum Medical Standards
    FICA has consistently advocated for the inclusion of concussion replacements and the establishment of minimum medical standards in international cricket and it therefore supports the ICC’s decision to introduce these. “Given the potentially devastating consequences of certain injuries that may occur in cricket FICA urges all governing bodies to prioritise the implementation of these important changes,” said FICA Executive Chairman, Tony Irish.

    Suspension of Zimbabwe
    FICA notes that Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has been suspended as a member of ICC but has urged ICC to consider the effect that this will have on the players in that country. “The Zimbabwean players have endured years of hardship under the previous board of ZC,” said Irish. “This has included many instances of non-payment and frequent breaches of their playing contracts. We have asked ICC to consider some mechanism to enable player contracts to be honoured despite the unfortunate suspension of the new Board of ZC. Some of the domestic players in Zimbabwe live a hand-to-mouth existence, and there is an important ‘human’ element to this situation which we believe needs to be addressed.”

    Over Rates
    FICA notes the introduction of Test Championship points deductions and team based fines as sanctions for slow over rates. “FICA and the players acknowledge that maintaining acceptable over rates is an important issue but we need to seek greater clarity from the ICC on how these new arrangements will work in practice,” said Irish.

    ICC Women’s Committee
    FICA welcomes the newly established Women’s Committee. “We will work with our Player Advisory Group and with players’ associations, and their players, around the world to ensure that the collective views of the current women players are accurately represented on this committee,” said Irish.

    Global Regulation
    An ICC Working Group, which includes FICA, continues to work on the development of global regulation to apply to players and to cricket events around the world. “FICA continues to advocate for agreed, fit for purpose regulation which, together with a holistic review of the global game economics and a more coherent global playing schedule, will assist in minimizing the ongoing, and growing, conflict between domestic T20 leagues and international cricket, and will help to ensure that an appropriate balance between these two distinct cricketing landscapes is achieved,” said Irish. “Both are important to the future of the game and their co-existence is critical.”
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    Very unfair. They should have allowed cricket to happen alongside suspending, like they did to Nepal and US previously.

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    Think the ICC are fed up of their funds getting misused by corrupt administrators. While the 'human' element certainly makes this a very difficult issue, the ICC is well within their rights to pull the plug since the country flat out refuses to sort out its administration.

    People here are underestimating the level of corruption that has been rampant for years in ZCB, based on an emotional plea by Sikandar Raza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    The BCCI doesn't give a penny to the ICC. The money flow is completely the other way around.
    You need to know more how cricket is run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakhs View Post
    You need to know more how cricket is run.
    No mate, I'm good thanks. You're the one making false statements that you can't back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    No mate, I'm good thanks. You're the one making false statements that you can't back up.
    Good for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nextover666666 View Post
    Indians on social media were making fun of Pakistan saying that woh sad day for Pakistan who will they score 500 runs Agaisnt now Fakhar Zaman is sad and so is imam and babar , Fakhar will not score a double century again.

    Like such crazy people first and foremost Zimbabwe got suspended have some respect this is not a time to make jokes , secondly their obsession with Pakistan is insane like wow get a girlfriend India lol

    Thirdly don't worry about Fakhar Zaman he will always be in your nightmares for what he did to India at the champions trophy final and winning the trophy on Father's Day

    Show some respect to your father Zaman 😀
    Not a single indian has scored a doubly century against Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe has recently beaten india in a T20.

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    ICC has demanded that the previous board be reinstated... Anyone saying ICC has done this bcoz of corruption in ZC that is not correct, if that were the case they would have backed the latest developments where the ZCB was dismantled and a new board was appointed.

    It is purely based on political interference.

    Moreover last year ICC devised a plan for ZC in agreement with the previous board to help ZC get back on it's feet. So all in all the ICC were happy with how Zimbabwe were functioning, but not with the latest developments.

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    The suspension will be reviewed in 3 months, but that might be too late for Zimbabwe to participate in T20 WC qualifiers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakhs View Post
    Political interference is political inference. The real difference is ICC doesn't give any money to BCCI in-fact its the other way around.
    We have seen cricket boards boycotting other teams before. So this is nothing new. Didn't PCB cancel Bangladesh series?

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    There is a difference BCCI dont use that excuses they simple say we didn't get government approval. The reason they know ICC cant punish them for anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    Very bad news for Fakahar zaman
    Don't forget Imamu who needs to maintain his average of 50 useless runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by szundercover View Post
    Not a single indian has scored a doubly century against Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe has recently beaten india in a T20.
    True. But who has time to play Zimbabwe except teams that do not get.....well uhm

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam_ahm View Post
    The suspension will be reviewed in 3 months, but that might be too late for Zimbabwe to participate in T20 WC qualifiers.
    Yes. Zimbabwe can return in 3-5 months but they may miss the qualifier.

    This suspension will hopefully shake up Zimbabwe and will allow them to make necessary changes.


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    ICC should be helping Zimbabwe. They actually produce some domestic talent.

    ICC are not serious about growing the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    ICC should be helping Zimbabwe. They actually produce some domestic talent.

    ICC are not serious about growing the game.
    ICC has been helping them with funds. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe board didn't use the money on cricket; they stole the money and used it themselves.

    I feel sorry for Zimbabwe but they had it coming.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    ICC should be helping Zimbabwe. They actually produce some domestic talent.

    ICC are not serious about growing the game.
    I guess if Zimbabwe government officials want to be mess up than what can ICC do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    ICC has been helping them with funds. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe board didn't use the money on cricket; they stole the money and used it themselves.

    I feel sorry for Zimbabwe but they had it coming.
    I think there help has come too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    I guess if Zimbabwe government officials want to be mess up than what can ICC do?
    I think there help has come too late.

    Don't know if banning them is going to help them.

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    Then why BCCI is not suspended..... which is totally run by Indian government and RSS...

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    Two things happen from here.

    1) Old board reinstated, corruption continues, cricket continues to whither away. Zimbabwe fall to mid tier associate level once Ervine,Taylor, Raza retire as there are no replacements.

    2) Interim guys stick it out, ICC pull the plug, all the players leave and it falls apart. However from the wreckage at least the sport would be in the hands of people who care and they may after many years rebuild.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Cozzie View Post
    Two things happen from here.

    1) Old board reinstated, corruption continues, cricket continues to whither away. Zimbabwe fall to mid tier associate level once Ervine,Taylor, Raza retire as there are no replacements.

    2) Interim guys stick it out, ICC pull the plug, all the players leave and it falls apart. However from the wreckage at least the sport would be in the hands of people who care and they may after many years rebuild.
    Knowing Zimbabwe, option #1 seems far more likely. I do not think they will risk being suspended for too long.


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    THE suspension of the Zimbabwe Cricket Board on Thursday by the ICC due to government’s interference is a wake-up call for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) who need to exclude several clauses from its constitution which allow the federal government and the prime minister as its patron to intervene in the PCB affairs.

    The PCB’s constitution was approved in 2014 during ex-chairman Najam Sethi’s tenure while earlier some amendments were also made by another former PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf. Though the media at the time had raised concern over those clauses which allowed government’s interference in the PCB affairs, Zaka had dispelled such concerns and had claimed that the ICC had approved the constitution.

    However, the recent decision of the ICC to suspend the Zimbabwe Cricket Board after the Zimbabwe government had dissolved their board should be an eye opener for the PCB as well as other boards who encourage such interference from the government.

    In the PCB’s constitution, one of the major clauses (number 45) says: “The Federal Government may, if it deemed necessary and expedient, make amendment in this constitution by way of repeal, substitution, omission, modification or addition of any provision thereof.”

    In yet another clause (3), the patron may, from time to time, give to the Board general policy directions and the Board shall implement the same.”

    Moreover, the patron, who has not been elected by any forum of the PCB but automatically gets this position for being the prime minister of the country, also has the power to remove the PCB chairman and also to dissolve the most supreme body of the PCB — the Board of Governors — under special circumstances mentioned in the PCB constitution.

    Furthermore, two members of the Board of Governors are to be nominated by the patron, too, and traditionally, one of them is elected as the PCB chairman.

    It may be mentioned here that the ICC in the past has suspended the memberships of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Nepal, prior to the Zimbabwe suspension for the same reasons of government’s interferences. However, the ICC chose to look the other way when the Indian Supreme Court formed the famous Lodha Commission to look into the BCCI affairs and to investigate the charges of corruptions in the IPL edition held in 2013.

    Though then BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke had verbally asked then ICC chief executive Dav Richardson to write a letter to BCCI, showing concern over government’s interference after the formation of the Lodha Commission, Richardson refrained from it and insisted that BCCI should first write a letter to the world cricket governing body apprising it of the situation and asking for action.

    Shirke had alleged that ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, who was also president of BCCI in 2013, had submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court, highlighting the threat of the ICC suspension. However, he is reluctant to take any action as ICC chairman at the moment.

    The PCB, which is pondering further amendments in the existing constitution to incorporate some clauses to change the currentt domestic cricket set up, will be well advised to revisit the clauses that allow govt interference in order to avoid any threat of the ICC’s action in the future.

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    Some sort of line has to be drawn when it comes to government and sport. You have to acknowledge that when you're carrying a country's name on your chest, they should have some say in the matter. Otherwise, you're just some international cricket club. Of course, the line in money.

    From what I've read on the Zimbabwe matter is that they're doing this to prevent further theft: "Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic crisis, with inflation figures increasing exponentially and price increases at a 10-year high as government coffers empty. According to an official who attended the meetings this week, since the ICC disburses funds in US dollars to member boards, it feared that the Zimbabwean government would seize the funds and hence the extreme step of barring ZC its funding had to be taken".

    I fear South Africa is heading in the same direction...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozymandiasza View Post
    Some sort of line has to be drawn when it comes to government and sport. You have to acknowledge that when you're carrying a country's name on your chest, they should have some say in the matter. Otherwise, you're just some international cricket club. Of course, the line in money.

    From what I've read on the Zimbabwe matter is that they're doing this to prevent further theft: "Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic crisis, with inflation figures increasing exponentially and price increases at a 10-year high as government coffers empty. According to an official who attended the meetings this week, since the ICC disburses funds in US dollars to member boards, it feared that the Zimbabwean government would seize the funds and hence the extreme step of barring ZC its funding had to be taken".

    I fear South Africa is heading in the same direction...
    This.

    People were too quick to jump the gun.

    When you rely on dole money, the lender will set the terms.

    If Zimbabwe was self sustaining, no one would have cared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Cozzie View Post
    Two things happen from here.

    1) Old board reinstated, corruption continues, cricket continues to whither away. Zimbabwe fall to mid tier associate level once Ervine,Taylor, Raza retire as there are no replacements.

    2) Interim guys stick it out, ICC pull the plug, all the players leave and it falls apart. However from the wreckage at least the sport would be in the hands of people who care and they may after many years rebuild.
    I agree, but still option 2 is a huge risk to be taken. Going by the tweets of Taylor and Raza, the players seem to be in favor of the new board and may leave anyways if the old board is reinstated.

    All in all I feel very sad for Zimbabwe cricket players and fans, myself included. One of the most loved teams of the 90s when I grew up as a kid. This is so sad.

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    Suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has announced that its national team will not travel to Bangladesh for a triangular series also involving Afghanistan in September.

    At the ICC annual conference which concluded on Thursday in London, a unanimous decision was taken after they felt that ZC had not been able to provide a process for conducting free and democratic elections.

    The ZC, in a statement on Saturday, notified its inability to stage domestic competitions or fulfil the obligations of the Future Tours Programme after ICC’s suspension which also saw the freezing of funds for the cricket board.

    “In all this, players and staff are bearing the brunt of the standoff and they might be forced to go for months or forever without their salaries and match fees,” Cricbuzz quoted the ZC as saying in a statement.

    “We would like to see our teams playing again as soon as possible and the ZC board is ready to cooperate with the SRC and other stakeholders to get Zimbabwe back to operating within the confines of the ICC statutes again,” the statement added.

    If Zimbabwe don’t end up participating, the series is likely to be turned into a bilateral affair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has announced that its national team will not travel to Bangladesh for a triangular series also involving Afghanistan in September.

    At the ICC annual conference which concluded on Thursday in London, a unanimous decision was taken after they felt that ZC had not been able to provide a process for conducting free and democratic elections.

    The ZC, in a statement on Saturday, notified its inability to stage domestic competitions or fulfil the obligations of the Future Tours Programme after ICC’s suspension which also saw the freezing of funds for the cricket board.

    “In all this, players and staff are bearing the brunt of the standoff and they might be forced to go for months or forever without their salaries and match fees,” Cricbuzz quoted the ZC as saying in a statement.

    “We would like to see our teams playing again as soon as possible and the ZC board is ready to cooperate with the SRC and other stakeholders to get Zimbabwe back to operating within the confines of the ICC statutes again,” the statement added.

    If Zimbabwe don’t end up participating, the series is likely to be turned into a bilateral affair.

    https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/...pension-870887
    I was going to say, Pakistan should look to replace zim so that it can be a afg-bang-pak tri series.

    However, I would rather not play Afghanistan again for a while after the off the field events that transpired in the world cup.

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    Zimbabwe was in the toilet under Mugabe. It seems to have been flushed down the sewer under the new clown who is ruling it.

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    Zimbabwe is not permanently suspended. It is conditional suspension.

    Zimbabwe can be back in 4-5 months but they need to fulfill certain ICC requirements.


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    HARARE: The Zimbabwe cricket board has been reinstated by a government body in what could be the first step to ending a suspension by the International Cricket Council.

    Zimbabwe Cricket's leadership under chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani will be allowed to return to their jobs after a court settlement was reached on Thursday with the government-appointed Sports and Recreation Commission.

    The SRC suspended the entire board in June, alleging corruption and election irregularities. That led to the ICC suspending Zimbabwe from international competitions for government interference. The ICC said it will only reconsider Zimbabwe's suspension at a meeting in October.

    The ban has come at a high price for Zimbabwe's cricketers. The men's team lost its place at the Twenty20 World Cup qualifying competition in the United Arab Emirates in October and November, and the women's team won't be allowed to take part in their T20 World Cup qualifiers starting at the end of this month.

    The ICC ban also meant the governing body cut off its funding to the country, making it even more difficult for the struggling Zimbabwe cricket body to pay its players. Zimbabwe cricketers have often gone unpaid in recent years and reportedly haven't received salaries for at least two months.

    Yet, the SRC's move to suspend the board appeared to have widespread support within Zimbabwe cricket and was backed by current and former players including star batsman Brendan Taylor, former captain Tatenda Taibu, and ex-player Grant Flower.

    That didn't matter for the ICC, which found Zimbabwe in breach of its rules because of the action of the SRC.

    The court settlement between the SRC and Zimbabwe Cricket stipulates that ZC must now appoint a new chief executive officer who is approved by the ICC. The agreement also gives players a voice on the board with a provision for a former international to be added to the board to represent their interests. The ex-player will be one of two new board members.



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    Hopefully Zimbabwe will be back soon. They are a Test nation and suspension doesn't look good. Cricket needs more teams.


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    In a rain-affected clash, hosts Singapore battled hard with bat and ball to register their first-ever win over Zimbabwe, relative giants of the cricket world.

    Though no batsman made a half-century, Singapore were able to put up a strong total of 181/9 in an 18 over-a-side game thanks to contributions throughout their top order.

    Rohan Rangarajan (39 off 22) and Surendran Chandramohan (23 off 17) gave their side a fast start, and though both fell in the same over, and Aritra Dutta followed not long after in single figures, a pair of 41s from Tim David and Manpreet Singh ensured the hosts marched on, and a flurry of late wickets only came about as Singapore attempted to maximise their run returns.

    Ryan Burl was the pick of the Zimbabwe attack, picking the first three wickets to fall to bowlers, but needing more than 10 an over meant the tourists faced a tough task.

    It looked for a time as if they might cruise to their target. It mattered little that Brian Chari made only a couple as Regis Chakabva crashed 48 off 19, while skipper Sean Williams and Tinotenda Mutombodzi built on his good work to take Zimbabwe to 142/2 in the 14th over.

    Ahead of the rate, with two set batsmen, and with eight wickets in hand, Zimbabwe were in the driver’s seat against their less-fancied opposition, but all they needed was a sliver of opportunity, which they got when Mutombodzi was stumped off Aahan Achar.

    Williams fell two overs later for 66, and all of a sudden Zimbabwe were in a scrap. Burl and Richmond Mutumbami fell in the penultimate over as the required rate crept up, and Sidhant Singh held his nerve, defending 10 off the final over to take his side to an historic win.

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    I can't believe Zimbabwe lost to Singapore.

    This is shocking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    I can't believe Zimbabwe lost to Singapore.

    This is shocking.
    I actually caught the past few overs on YouTube Zimbabwe blew it but credit to Singapore they bowled well and the boundaries were really small

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    In T20, on odd days, any team can beat any opponents - I think, ZIM themselves beat that Australia in 2010 and Holland once beat Poms, so it's not a big deal actually - few days back ZIM comfortably beat AFGs in Chittagong.

    The problem ZIM Cricket facing is lying in is demography, something SAF is trying to over come. Cricket is a white dominant game in both countries and ZIM's white community is diminishing fast - at present, around 35K (less than 0.5% of total population) living there. What ZIM is failing to do, partially for the corruption and partially for the bankrupt economy is to bring the black community in cricket. Still, they are a decent soccer team based on mostly black players, but talented black players are not picking Cricket as their first game. Till 1990s, white % was in double digit and ZIM produced some of the best sportsmen, women in world, being a devastated 3rd world country, entirely from 1 million or so white people - Nick Price, Christy Coventry, Balck Brothers, Bruce Grobler, couple of squash players, Streak, Andy Flower, Hick, Curren, Houghton ...... But, now the white community is way below critical mass and whoever is decent in any sports - just leaves the country. I read somewhere, there is a talented Tennis kids in Toronto, from white ZIM parents.

    SAF has the infrastructure, and much, much larger, robust economy and they are trying it the right way - bringing the brutal majority (89%) black people into the game, otherwise SAF would have faced the same, may be a generation later, may be to a laser extent than ZIM. What it needs to be done is creating a platform for black ZIM players to flourish - may be some of the talented kids train in SAF academies or ICC academies. Instead, ICC is throwing money and an Indian tour every alternate year by their C team, filling the coffers of Cricket ZIM office bearer. I blame ICC equally for this situation - instead of throwing money, they should put it in with a condition that an ICC administrator (may be in the form of CEO) will take care of how that money will be used. Maqbool Dudhia (A Zimbabwean) was the CEO of BCB for 5 years in 2000s and guy was damn capable - ICC needs to find some one like him for this job.


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