Less than two months after suspending Zimbabwe Cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has reinstated the African nation as its member. In July this year, the ICC suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect for failing to fulfill their obligation of ensuring that there is no government interference in its administration.
The ICC had also frozen the funds for Zimbabwe. Not only that, the apex body had also barred any representative team from Zimbabwe to play in ICC tournaments. The ICC overturned the decision following a meeting with the ICC Chairman and Chief Executive, Zimbabwe Cricket Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani and Zimbabwe Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry and Gerald Mlotshwa, the Chairman of the Sports and Recreation Commission.
“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,” Manohar said.
With the suspension lifted, the African nation will now be able to take up their place in the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup in January and the ICC Super League later in 2020. In addition to Zimbabwe, ICC has also readmitted Nepal albeit on a conditional basis.
The apex body of the game had suspended Nepal in 2016 suspension for breach of the ICC regulations which prohibit government interference and require free and fair elections. Election of a 17-member Central Working Committee for the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) was completed earlier this month and paved the way for the re-admittance of the CAN.