The International Cricket Council has barred four Zimbabwe women cricketers from travelling to England to take part in a series of T20 games against Kia Super League teams at the end of July.
The ICC also blocked Zimbabwe Women Cricket coach, Adam Chifo, who was supposed to accompany them to gain vital experience. In an email that was written to Chifo, ICC Women’s Cricket Manager, Holly Colvin, said:
As I’m sure you are aware, the ICC Board has taken the decision to suspend Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect and place a restriction on the Zimbabwe national team participating in ICC events.
Unfortunately this also extends to their participation in the Women’s Global Development Squad program, and so it is with great regret that I write to inform you that Adam as Head Coach and the four Zimbabwe players will no longer be able to take part in the UK edition of the tour next week.
The ICC suspended Zimbabwe over alleged government interference with the sport. This was after the Sports and Recreation Commission, appointed by Minister of Sports, suspended the Zimbabwe Cricket board. This is despite Minister of sports, Kirsty Coventry, denying the allegations of political interference.
So far, one member of the men’s squad, versatile Solomon Mire, has already announced his international retirement.