Sikandar Raza, Ravichandran Ashwin and others react to Zimbabwe’s suspension from international cricket

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Sikandar Raza, Ravichandran Ashwin and others react to Zimbabwe’s suspension from international cricket

Zimbabwe have been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with immediate effect. ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has been frozen, and the representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events while under suspension, making Zimbabwe’s participation in the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in August and Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in October highly unlikely.

After several rounds of meetings in London this week, ICC’s board of members unanimously decided that ZC was in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution, and that the actions of the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) in suspending the board in June constituted government interference in ZC’s affairs.

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

This is for the first time that a Full Member team has been suspended from partaking in any form of cricket.

Many former and current cricketers have expressed disappointment and anger over the ICC’s decision.

The African team has a forgettable history of events. While Zimbabwe’s Test cricket status was suspended in 2004 following the withdrawal of players due to then-captain Heath Streak’s sacking, the team’s ban was lifted in 2005, when they played eight Tests.

However, they failed to play a single Test match until 2011 despite being eligible to do so.

Recently, too, there has not been many positives to take into for Zimbabwe after the team, then led by Graeme Cremer, failed to qualify for the recently-concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Here’s how Sikandar Raza, Ravichandran Ashwin and others reacted on Twitter:

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