The International Cricket Council (ICC) had uplifted the bans over test nation Zimbabwe and the associate team Nepal. Zimbabwe had been serving ban from ICC since July, 2019. However, Nepal had been serving the ban since past years.
Despite the ban from ICC, Nepali team were allowed to participate in ICC affiliated tournament but Zimbabwe were deprived of that opportunity. Therefore, they missed out the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 qualification campaign.
The decision regarding Zimbabwe was made after a meeting among ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, chief executive Manu Sawhney, Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani, Zimbabwe Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry and Gerald Mlotshwa, the Chairman of the Sports and Recreation Commission.
Zimbabwe are now eligible to take their place in the Men’s Under-19 World Cup in January and the ICC Super League that begins later in 2020.
Nepal has been reinstated, but under conditions
In the ICC meeting held, the board also decided to uplift the ban on Nepal. However, on certain conditions. ICC had suspended Nepal back in April, 2016 due to breach of ICC regulations.
The election was held for the committee of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN). Following the election, the ICC readmitted the Nepalese board.
“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,” ICC Chairman Manohar said.