Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC), which has been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC), has announced that the national team will not travel to Bangladesh for the triangular series in September. Apart from Zimbabwe, the series features Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the ZC 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.
At the ICC annual conference which concluded on Thursday in London, a unanimous decision was taken after it was felt that Zimbabwe Cricket had not been able to provide a process for conducting free and democratic elections. For this, the Zimbabwe Cricket was suspended with immediate effect.
It is to be noted that the suspension also bars Zimbabwe from participating in ICC events, meaning it won’t be able to feature in the women’s and men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 scheduled to held in Scotland during August-September and Dubai in September-October, respectively.