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How one decision ended so many careers: Zimbabwe cricketers lament suspension

The ICC unanimously took the resolution and said that the reason behind the move was because Zimbabwe Cricket had been unable to provide a process for conducting free and democratic elections.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 19, 2019 3:02:17 pm
Zimbabwe Cricket Team, ban on Zimbabwe Zimbabwe is due to play in World Twenty20 qualifiers in October but its participation is in doubt for that tournament.

With the International Cricket Council suspending Zimbabwe Cricket on Thursday, many current and former cricketers took to Twitter to lament on how ‘one decision left the team unemployed.’ ICC said that the unanimous decision was taken after Zimbabwe’s failure of providing ‘free and democratic elections.’

Zimbabwe player Sikandar Raza and former captain Brendan Taylor were among many who came out in support of their side amid the cricket crisis. Sikander has played 12 Tests, 97 ODIs and 32 T20Is for the country, while Taylor has appeared in 28 Tests, 193 ODIS and 34 T20Is in his 15-year-long career.

Raza took to Twitter to point out how ICC’s ‘one decision’ would have far-reaching consequences on a number of families and careers whilst adding that going by the decision he could have already played his last international match.

“How one decision has made a team, strangers. How one decision has made so many people unemployed. How one decision affects so many families. How one decision has ended so many careers. Certainly not how I wanted to say goodbye to international cricket,” Raza wrote on Twitter.

While dejected and heartbroken by the ICC decision, another Zimbabwe player Solomon Mire announced his retirement on Friday. In a Facebook post, he wrote, “It has been a week of emotional highs and lows in sport and sadly not a good one for Zimbabwe cricket but just wanted to officially address everyone else. I informed the players and tech staff of my decision at the end of the recent tour and wanted to formally announce my decision to retire from Zimbabwe cricket in all formats with immediate effect.” Solomon Mire has played 2 Tests, 47 ODIS and 9 T20Is for Zimbabwe.

All is not well for Zimbabwe cricket for quite some time now as the national team is currently in Ireland, playing a three-match ODI series followed by a three-game T20I series. Last month, their entire cricket board was suspended by the Zimbabwean government’s sports and recreation commission. Rather, an interim committee, contravening ICC rules prohibiting political interference in its members, was appointed.

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