Event technical committee declares Zimbabwe XI to have forfeited its Scotland fixture
Following the inability of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and Cricket Scotland (CS) to reach agreement on the date and venue for their ICC Intercontinental Cup match, ZC informed the ICC officially that it was forfeiting the match.
Late last week, the event technical committee (ETC) for this tournament had given the sides an extra 48 hours to reach agreement on this issue and this was ZC?s response.
Difficulties in arranging the details of this fixture had arisen when CS decided not to travel to Zimbabwe for the match and ZC declined to host it at a neutral venue.
"We wanted this fixture to go ahead and we did everything possible to facilitate an agreement between the two sides. We were happy for the match to take place anywhere in the world but the sides could not agree," said David Richardson, chairman of the ETC and ICC General Manager - Cricket.
"It is disappointing for us and the ICC Intercontinental Cup that these two sides could not agree when or where to play their fixture and, for the integrity of the competition, these circumstances must not be allowed to happen again," said Mr Richardson.
"However, taking into account all of the circumstances that have been presented to the ETC in this case, we are prepared to accept ZC?s unequivocal and unqualified statement of forfeiture and declare the match as being forfeited," he said.
ZC Managing Director Ozias Bvute said: "We feel that the I Cup is a significant competition in Scotland's development and therefore important that it gets the full benefits associated with playing in it. Moreover, given the limited playing opportunities available to them, it would be unnecessarily counterproductive to rob them of their right to participation or reduce their chances of reaching the final.
"Zimbabwe has no dispute with either Cricket Scotland or the ICC. Instead, we seek only a solution that will ultimately allow for fair participation by all, as such, ZC has decided to forfeit the match in favour of Scotland.
"ZC wishes it to be noted that our development side has enjoyed its participation in this competition and we wish CS and their team the best as they now progress to the I Cup final," said Mr Bvute.
CS Chief Executive Roddy Smith added: "Cricket Scotland notes the decision of the event technical committee. We are glad a conclusion has been reached on this issue and we are now very much looking forward to participating in the final. It will be a great opportunity for our young, talented side to experience the big-match environment of an ICC final."
The four-person ETC consists of David Richardson (chairman, ICC General Manager - Cricket), Campbell Jamieson (ICC General Manager - Commercial), David Thorley (ICC Development Officer) and David Jukes (ICC Match Referee).
The full text of the decision is available at: http://static.icc-cricket.com/ugc/documents/DOC_427D4993C07D3430E280248523B6EA4B_1285762194005_812.pdf
Latest ICC Intercontinental Cup 2010-11 table (as of 29 September 2010, following ETC decision)
|Team ||Pld ||W||L||D||Pts|
|Scotland ||6 ||4||1||1||89 |
|Afghanistan ||5||4||0||1||77 |
|Zimbabwe XI ||6||3||1||2||72|
|Ireland ||6 ||2||1||3||55|
|Kenya ||5 ||2||2||1||43|
|Netherlands ||6 ||0||5||1||15|
2-5 Oct - Kenya v Afghanistan, Nairobi
TBC (Final) - Scotland v Afghanistan, Dubai