ICC (International Cricket Council) on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe over a failure to keep the sport free from government interference, putting in doubt for their participation in qualifiers for the World T20.
ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be frozen and representative teams from the country will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events.
“The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to the office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October board meeting,” the ICC said in a statement.
“The ICC board heard from both the Sports and Recreation Committee representatives of the Zimbabwe government and Zimbabwe Cricket before making their decision.”
“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.”
The move puts Zimbabwe’s participation in October’s men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in the doldrums.