India hosting Zimbabwe under scare after ICC suspension, BCCI to decide upon the matter in October

The ICC has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket following a direct breach of its laws.

Zimbabwe hasn't visited India for a bilateral series since 2002 | Getty

Political interference in the sport's governance across the country forced ICC to suspend Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) with immediate effect at its annual conference in London on Thursday (June 18). 

The governing body took the decision unanimously after ZC, an ICC Full Member, was found to have breached Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC constitution which imposes an obligation on members to provide a process for free and democratic elections.

Subsequently, the ICC funding to Zimbabwe has been frozen and the country's teams will not be allowed to participate in ICC events until the suspension is lifted, putting in doubt the national side's presence at this year's men's T20 World Cup qualifying tournament in UAE. 

And, also the three-match T20I series in India next January. But the BCCI has decided to wait until October before taking a final call on the matter. India is scheduled to host those games in Guwahati, Indore and Pune on January 5th, 7th and 10th respectively. 

"Right now, we are not really thinking of any back-up plan. We will wait for the ICC quarterly meeting on October 16. Since they have been given three months to get their house in order, it is only prudent that we wait," a senior BCCI official privy to the developments in ICC told PTI on Friday.

Things will be different if the suspension isn't lifted in three months' time. The BCCI, in that case, will be left contemplating options in the form of a short visit by some other nation free at the time. 

"Yes, that's our dedicated home window. We hope they get their house in order or else we will have to have some plans in place," the official added. 


By Kashish Chadha - 20 Jul, 2019

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