The Zimbabwe Cricket Team has been one of the most loved teams in cricket history. Despite not winning matches regularly, the Zimbabwe Cricket Team have always punched above their weights. They have had several memorable moments in their cricketing history. Be it in Tests, ODIs or even T20Is. The Zimbabwe Cricket Team hasn’t really been a force to reckon in the shortest format of the game but have been impressive at times. Their debut in this format came in 2007 when the Zimbabwe Cricket Team were a part of the tournament in South Africa.

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Zimbabwe Cricket Team has always been the fighting side since last 15 years

Their most memorable moment was when they beat Australia. The Zimbabwe Cricket Team have had several moments worth cherished but this one was one of a kind. The mighty Aussies lost to the Zimbabwe Cricket Team by five wickets. After restricting Australia for below 140 runs, Zimbabwe went on to chase the total with the help of a brilliant half-century from Brendan Taylor.

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Zimbabwe cricket team is not a team to cakewalk and win still missing out the event

However, they won’t be playing the T20 World Cup this time around. Today we shall be taking a look at why is Zimbabwe Cricket Team not playing the ICC T20 World Cup 2021? First things first, Zimbabwe have a lot of issues in their board. Over the years, they have come under the scanner for several well documents reasons.

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Financial Crunches hurting Zimbabwe cricket team

Their finances situations hasn’t helped the cause of the Zimbabwe Cricket Team either. It is very sad when one realizes that the Zimbabwe Cricket Team was found guilty by the ICC during the time of the investigation. That’s the reason Zimbabwe not in ICC T20 World Cup.

There was an investigation which as taking place to see if Zimbabwe’s national cricket administration was found to be a breach of the government body’s constitution. As a matter of fact, the board was not able to ensure that no involvement of government or any governmental bodies in the governance or administration of cricket and hence, this ban sadly had to come through. This ban has not only affected the men’s team but also the women’s team. They will also not be part of the tournament as both of the groups have been banned.

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Zimbabwe cricket team have seen many ups and downs since last decade

This ban came as a shock to not only for the Zimbabwean cricketers and the Zimbabwe Cricket Team from the country but also to the fans all around the globe. As of now, Zimbabwe aren’t allowed to participate in any kind of ICC events.

Thus, Namibia and Nigeria have replaced Zimbabwe in the upcoming Men’s and Women’s T20 WCs respectively. Namibia’s women are all set to compete in the upcoming Qualifier in Scotland which is all set to commence on August 31. On the other hand, Nigeria’s men will be featuring in October’s Qualifier in the UAE.

What’s next for Cricket Zimbabwe?

With already missing out the berth for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Cricket Zimbabve will look to talk with ICC regarding their participation in the future ICC Events, as it’s the most important for the development of the game in the country. Cricket Zimbabwe would also expect other giant cricketing bodies like Cricket Australia, ECB and BCCI to come  forward and help the cricket starving nation who were once the promising side.

Good Luck To Cricket Zimbabwe!

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Edited By : Devansh Awasthi

By Arvind Krishnan

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