Zimbabwe readmitted as ICC member after three-month suspension
Zimbabwe has been reinstated as an International Cricket Council member after serving a three-month suspension owing to political interference.
The decision has been made following an ICC meeting involving the Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani and the country's sports minister, Kirsty Coventry.
Zimbabwe had been banned from participating in ICC tournaments in July due to which they will not be taking part in the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier having been replaced with Nigeria.
They will now be allowed to compete in the men's Under-19 World Cup in January and the ICC Super League next year.
"I would like to thank the Zimbabwe sports minister for her commitment to the reinstatement of Zimbabwe Cricket," said ICC chairman Shashank Manohar.
"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."
"We are elated to get our membership restored and this marks the beginning of a new, exciting chapter for our cricket, with ZC's (Zimbabwe Cricket) focus now fully back on ensuring our game is thriving, sustainable and financially stable," said Mukuhlani.
BREAKING NEWS: @ICC has lifted @Zimcricketv's suspension, restoring all our rights as a Full Member. The decision was made at @ICC board meeting in Dubai on Monday after @ZimCricketv had fully complied with the conditions for reinstatement #SuspensionLifted ?????? pic.twitter.com/A6NLop9RsI— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) October 14, 2019
Meanwhile, Nepal has also been granted ICC membership on a conditional basis following their suspension in 2016 for not holding free and fair elections.
Nepal's cricket board recently conducted elections for its 17-member Central Working Committee leaving the ICC satisfied that their demands had been met.
"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," Manohar said.
Zimbabwe were punished by the ICC after its government intervened and replaced the cricket board with an interim committee.
The African nation's funding was frozen putting into doubt the international careers of the country's cricketers.
Zimbabwe Cricket was given a deadline of October 8 for the ICC to review their progress and consider their readmission.
Despite the ICC sanction, Zimbabwe travelled to Bangladesh last month to take part in the T20 tri-nation series where skipper Hamilton Masakadza capped off his career with a breezy half-century in a winning cause against Afghanistan.