LONDON: Strict sanctions on Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) for not adhering to principles of good governance along with the issue of granting NoC to non-contracted players with regards to private T20 leagues will dominate the agenda during the ICC members meet here for their Annual Conference.
The ICC’s annual conclave starts here with the Chief Executives’ meeting where Zimbabwe’s membership is likely to come under the scanner due to increased government interference in the country’s cricket.
Recently, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), a government wing, had suspended Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) for violating constitutional norms.
However, as per ICC’s constitution, all cricket boards are autonomous bodies with no interference allowed from any government agencies.
It has also been learned that the working group for ‘sanctioning of events and players release’ may moot a proposal wherein the players, who are no longer centrally contracted and in the national reckoning, be given ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NoC) to play private T20 leagues.
Zimbabwe, which has been relegated to Tier 2 of Test cricket, is currently involved in a bilateral series with Ireland. They are scheduled to travel to India for a short series in January next year.
There is a possibility that ICC can do like what they did with Nepal Cricket Board where the game was allowed to continue but financial sanctions may be imposed and they might not receive annual grants.