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ICC lifts Zimbabwe’s suspension

Nepal has also been reinstated conditionally following their 2016 suspension for breach of the ICC regulations.

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ICC lifts Zimbabwe's suspension
Zimbabwe cricket team. Photo: CA

Among several other significant decisions made in the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting held in Dubai, the highest authority of the game has readmitted Zimbabwe as ICC member thus lifted the suspension.

The press release of ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said, “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.”

In another development, Nepal has also been reinstated conditionally following their 2016 suspension for breach of the ICC regulations that forbid government interference in the board and therefore require free and fair elections.

The statement further said, “Given the progress made in Nepal, a transition plan will now be developed for the Cricket Association of Nepal to support full compliance with Associate Membership criteria, which will also involve controlled funding.”

Zimbabwe will now be able to compete in the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup in January and the ICC Super League later in 2020.

In another decision, ICC decided to enhance the prize money of ICC Women’s cricket by USD 2.6 million.

For the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia next year, the winners and runners up will now receive $1 million and $500,000 respectively — five times the amount on offer in 2018.

For the ICC Females’s T20 World Cup in Austr

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