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Zimbabwe Cricket suspended following ICC conference

Zimbabwe batsman Solomon Mire walks off in disappointment after being dismissed in World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have suspended the Zimbabwe Cricket Team indefinitely following an ICC conference in London.

The ICC board concluded that the nation had failed to prevent government interference in its cricket administration.

Additionally, the ICC ruled that Zimbabwe had failed to provide a process of free and democratic elections.

The decision means that the Zimbabwe team will no longer receive ICC funding and are suspended from playing in any ICC competitions.

It spells bad news for Zimbabwe fans whose team’s participation at October’s T20 World Cup qualifier looks to be in serious doubt.

Shashank Manohar, chairman of the ICC, suggests that whilst the decision was not taken lightly it was one they had to make.

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

“What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC Constitution and we cannot allow it to continue unchecked. The ICC wants cricket to continue in Zimbabwe in accordance with the ICC Constitution.”

Following the decision Zimbabwean cricketer Solomon Mire announced his retirement from international cricket.

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It has been a week of emotional highs and lows in sport and sadly not a good one for Zimbabwe Cricket but just wanted to officially address everyone else. I informed the players and tech staff of my decision at the end of the recent tour and wanted to formally announce my decision to retire from Zimbabwe Cricket in all formats with immediate effect. It is unfortunate and untimely however to leave under the current circumstances that are out of my control but i have decided to take a step in a new direction. Representing my country at the highest level for me has been the highest honour and service i could ever give and I have been extremely privileged to have been afforded the opportunity. My short career has been a roller coaster of highs and lows, stops and starts, frustrations and joys but will be one I shall look upon and cherish for the once in a lifetime opportunity I was lucky enough to experience and for that i would like to express my gratitude. I would like to thank my family across the world who supported me throughout the journey,my team mates, I’ll miss the trips with them, all my coaches who worked with me in one way or another, my close friends for the endless support, my mentors and roles models and anyone who pushed me and challenged me to be a better cricketer or afforded me an opportunity to train and improve . I’ll make a special mention to Midwest Rhinos, Kadoma CC,College CC, Carlton CC, Essendon CC, Tracy Village CC, Waratah CC and last but not least Northcote CC, these clubs were a big part of my journey to international cricket without forgetting the relevant parent associations. Also a big thank you to the sponsors, I couldn’t have done it without you. A special mention to Crusaders, RNS, Icon , Premgripp , Cheetah Recovery and last but not least SG . Also a special thanks to the fans. I can hardly believe that I had fans from across the world, I’m sure most were friends and to the ones I’ll never meet,thank you all so much. I am sure I have missed a few people but I’ll try my best to get in touch personally. I can say without a doubt that sport and in particular international cricket will always be my biggest lesson in life. Ever

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Mire, 29, featured in all three formats for Zimbabwe with the batting all-rounder playing 47 ODIs for his nation.

The 29-year-old said it was unfortunate for him to retire under the current circumstances expressing how privileged he felt to represent Zimbabwe Cricket.

“Representing my country at the highest level for me has been the highest honour and service I could ever give and I have been extremely privileged to have been afforded the opportunity.

“My short career has been a roller coaster of highs and lows, stops and starts, frustrations and joys but will be one I shall look upon and cherish for the once in a lifetime opportunity I was lucky enough to experience and for that I would like to express my gratitude.”

Meanwhile, Sikandar Raza has also appeared to announce his international retirement after saying ICC’s suspension was “certainly not how I wanted to say goodbye to international cricket.”

With Zimbabwe not being part of the ICC Test Championship it remains to be seen whether countries will play them in bilateral series following the nation’s suspension. Zimbabwe are scheduled to face Afghanistan and the West Indies later this year.

Other decisions made during the ICC conference include concussion replacements being allowed and captains no longer being suspended for slow over-rates.

Concussion replacements will be allowed in international cricket from August 1. This means the First Test of the Ashes will allow a concussed player to be substituted with a like-for-like player with the approval of the match referee.

Meanwhile, points deductions in the Test Championship will replace the suspension of captains as a punishment for slow over-rates.

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