ICC suspends funding for Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect

ICC suspends funding for Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect
The International Cricket Council has suspended funding for Zimbabwe Cricket. The decision was taken at the ICC Annual Conference in London.

Following the order, the representative teams from the country will not be allowed to participate in ICC events.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect, saying that the Full Member had failed to prevent government intervention in the administration of sport in the country.

"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," an ICC statement read.

Zimbabwe Cricket will not receive ICC funding and the country's teams will not be allowed to participate in ICC events until the suspension is lifted.

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

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