Zimbabwe has been readmitted to the International Cricket Council.
In mid-July 2019, the ICC board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket was in breach of article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the constitution, and that the sports and recreation committee’s suspension of the board earlier this year constituted governmental interference.
The suspension has since been overturned, after a meeting between ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani, Zimbabwe sports minister Kirsty Coventry and Sports and Recreation Commission chairman Gerald Mlotshwa.
‘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,’ said Manohar.
The readmission will allow Zimbabwe participation in January 2020’s U19 World Cup and the ICC Super League later that year.
Meanwhile, India’s Indra Nooyi has been unanimously reappointed as an ICC independent director for a second two-year term from 2020 to 2022.
The ICC board also established a working group to consider future governance structure of the ICC. The group will be chaired by Earl Eddings from Cricket Australia and will comprise Greg Barclay of New Zealand Cricket, Tony Brian of Cricket Scotland, Ehsan Mani of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Chris Nenzani of Cricket South Africa and Ricky Skerritt of Cricket West Indies.
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