Zimbabwe Cricket is plummeting into more trouble with every passing moment. The cricket board of the African nation is now facing suspension at this year’s International Cricket Council conference. Zimbabwe Cricket is looking more or less set to pay a hefty price because of political interference in the board.
Last month, the Zimbabwean government’s sports and recreation commission suspended the entire cricket board and appointed an interim committee. It was against the ICC rules which prohibits political interference in its members. And thus, there is now a big chance of Zimbabwe Cricket getting a ban from the governing body of the game.
Such has been the turmoil in Zimbabwe Cricket that it is not even clear who would represent them at the ICC conference, which takes place in London after the World Cup. As a full member of the ICC, Zimbabwe receive about £9 million a year. However, they have been facing financial crunch for quite some time now.
If the ICC decides to deal with the matter with stern stands, there is every possible chance of Zimbabwe Cricket getting the suspension. In such a scenario, their men’s and women’s teams are more than unlikely to compete in the qualification tournaments for the next Twenty20 World Cup. However, The Telegraph has reported that Zimbabwe’s programme of fixtures would continue, because of a desire for players not to suffer from administrative problems.
In recent years, Nepal and the United States have been suspended but permitted to continue playing while the ICC was in temporary control of the sport. But in case the ICC decides to suspend the board, Zimbabwe Cricket would receive no money for the duration of the ban. At the same time, the players would continue to play and would be funded by the ICC.
Zimbabwe are also having a tough time on the field. They recently lost the three-match ODI series against Ireland. They have been weakened by the absence of some big names who have decided not to play for Zimbabwe due to the financial issue. Last year, 22-year old pacer Blessing Muzarabani quit his international career to pursue his cricket in England and joined Northamptonshire. On the other hand, former skipper Graeme Cremer has put his career on hold indefinitely to move to Dubai with his family.