Zimbabwe withdraw from World Twenty20Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on July 04, 2008
Over the past week there have been so many murmurs and rumours about Zimbabwe's playing future, it was pointless trying to keep up with them all. Over the past few days, the ICC have been discussing many issues, one of which was Zimbabwe. As it turned out, Zimbabwe's full membership was not even discussed, which is a fair call. On playing standards, Zimbabwe have demonstrated clear progress in the past 12 months, and any move to isolate the country because of their political situation would be highly hypocritical of the ICC, considering the situations in Sri Lanka and Pakistan are awful as well.
ICC president, David Morgan, said that "The full membership of Zimbabwe is currently not in doubt".
Zimbabwe's withdrawl from next years World Twenty20 tournament in England was a result of a collective decision, which Peter Chingoka, ZC chairman, said was in the "larger interests of the game".
He went on to tell Cricinfo that "We have been informed that the British government may not grant visas to our players, and that situation may prevail during the Twenty20 World Cup. We don't want to be gatecrashers."
It is likely that Zimbabwe will benefit in other ways though. It is expected that Zimbabwe will cash in on future series involving India, which attract large amounts of money in television rights. After falling out of favour with England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Zimbabwe will rely heavily on the Asian bloc of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to fill their upcoming fixture lists.
Zimbabwe have a 50% winning record overall in World Twenty20 tournaments, with 1 win against Australia and 1 loss against England.