08:19 GMT07 June 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Cricket lovers and supporters of Zimbabwe’s team have turned into a disheartened lot a day after the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended the Zimbabwe Cricket Team from playing international fixtures citing "political interference" by the country’s government.

    The decision by the ICC on Thursday to take away “Full Member” status effectively puts Zimbabwe’s participation in doubt for the qualifiers for the upcoming T20 World Cup in 2020.

    The team’s stalwart batsman Sikandar Raza and former captain Brendan Taylor took to social media to express their dismay at the ICC’s decision.  

    A number of fans too criticised the ICC’s decision and hoped the decision would be revoked.

    Some fans, however, remained supportive of the ICC’s decision of standing up against political interference in cricket.

    The ICC’s board in a unanimous decision found that the Zimbabwe Cricket board had failed to provide a process for free and democratic elections. The board also decided to suspend all kinds of funding to Zimbabwe, alleging that the country’s government was interfering with the affairs of the cricket board.

    ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar in a statement said there is a need to keep sports away from political intervention. “We do not take the decision to suspend a Member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference".  

    “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", he added. 


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