Zimbabwe’s loss is Nigeria’s gain in the upcoming Men’s World T20 qualifier that is being played in UAE in the month of October. The side that finished third in the Africa Men’s Final will now be the 14th team in the qualifier in place of Zimbabwe who was recently suspended by the ICC.
The Zimbabwe players, especially Sikandar Raza was disappointed after knowing about the decision made by the ICC. They couldn’t resist and further went down by giving a proposition to play for free. But, with the team confirmed to be replaced with Zimbabwe, it was all done for zimbabwe who were eager to play for their country.
ICC had a full council board meeting in London and thereof suspended Zimbabwe Cricket team with immediate effect in breach of “Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution, which imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections, and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and/or administration for cricket respectively.”
The Inclusion of Nigeria maintains the regional representation for the World T20 qualifier as they will be the third team from Africa in the tournament with Kenya and Namibia.
Nigeria will join the hosts – UAE, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, Kenya, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Singapore and two teams from the Americas Final, scheduled to take part later this month.
In the Women’s game, Namibia gets a late entry into the qualifier at the desire of Zimbabwe. The event in Scotland will now have Namibia with the hosts – Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Papa New Guinea, Thailand and USA for two vacant spots in the tournament proper, to be held in 2020.