Since the International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC), their international cricket future has come under the dark cloud. As the ICC can’t provide the financial support due to this suspension, the financially struggling ZC has decided to withdraw their upcoming tour of Bangladesh for the T20I tri-series.
In fact, Zimbabwe’s cricket future is totally under the dark cloud. Due to the financial crunch, the ZC can’t organise the domestic competitions in the new season. The ZC has also claimed that they can’t fulfil the Future Tours Programme (FTP).
According to the FTP, Zimbabwe have to travel to Bangladesh to play a T20I tri-series in September. Apart from the hosts Bangladesh, and the touring side Zimbabwe, Afghanistan will also participate in this tournament. However, the recent ICC suspension has forced Zimbabwe to pull out this upcoming tour.
Due to this ICC suspension, Zimbabwe can’t participate in the ICC events. In the late this year, Zimbabwe men and women’s teams have the schedules to participate in their respective T20 World Cup qualifiers. But the present suspension has put their participation chances in these tournaments in jeopardy.
On Saturday (20th July), the ZC released a statement which shows the worst horrific picture in their present cricket.
ZC claimed in that statement, “The ICC had also awarded Zimbabwe the right to host another global qualifier event next, but that now hangs in the balance.
“In all this, players and staff are bearing the brunt of the standoff and they might be forced to go for months or forever without their salaries and match fees.”
FICA has requested the ICC to re-think about the Zimbabwe players
On the other hand, the Zimbabwe women’s captain Mary-Anne Musonda came up with a heartbreaking message on her Twitter account. That post claimed that their long-time hard work have vanished with one decision.
The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) has requested the ICC to bring out the quick solution on this matter. Tony Irish, the executive chairman of FICA, has pointed out the hard situation of the Zimbabwean players.
Irish said, “The Zimbabwean players have endured years of hardship under the previous board of ZC. This has included many instances of non-payment and frequent breaches of their playing contracts. We have asked ICC to consider some mechanism to enable player contracts to be honoured despite the unfortunate suspension of the new board of ZC.
“Some of the domestic players in Zimbabwe live a hand-to-mouth existence, and there is an important ‘human’ element to this situation which we believe needs to be addressed.”
According to the FTP, Zimbabwe men’s have to travel to India to play a three-match T20I series in January 2020. This bilateral series is also under the dark cloud. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hasn’t taken any decision on this series yet. Recently, they have decided to wait until the next ICC meeting in October before taking any final decision on this series.
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