ICC split over Zimbabwe's suspension

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2008, 18:39 [IST]
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Dubai: World cricket chiefs have failed to reach a consensus on suspending strife-torn Zimbabwe and will meet again on Friday to resolve the contentious issue, officials said.

The two-day meeting of the International Cricket Council's powerful Executive Board ended here on Thursday without a decision on Zimbabwe amid reports of a split among the 10 full members.

"The Board will meet again on Friday. The meeting has been adjourned for the day," confirmed a top ICC official.

Earlier the Anglo-Aussie boards (ECB, CA and NZC) severed cricketing ties with the Mugabe-ruled Zimbabwe and later South Africa (CSA) followed the suit. However Asian bloc led by India opposed the move to ouster the South East African nation from ICC.

There is virtually no chance of India-led Asian bloc supporting an expulsion of Zimbabwe from the ICC and it seems the best the ECB can hope for is a suspension of their one-day status. That would remove the likelihood of the African nation appearing at next year's World Twenty20 Championship. However this compromise formula but did not gain acceptance among the various board representatives .

If there is no agreement on Zimbabwe this week then England's hosting of the lucrative World Twenty20 is all over. Canada is the back-up venue but it appears that the Canadian government has adopted a hardline stance against Robert Mugabe's regime.

With the boards having failed to reach consenses, voting on the issue seems inevitable. Nine icc members (Permanent) excluding

Zimbabwe will be allowed to vote. To pass the resolution six out of nine votes is must. England can bank NZ, Australia and RSA while India on Pak, Bangla and Lanka. Windies still unclear on the issue.


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