ICC suspends Zim Cricket official

It appears as though the bad omen jut won’t go away at ZC with the latest news that the association’s director Enock Ikope has been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

By SportBrief Reporter

The Zimbabwe Cricket board just cannot stay out of the headline these days and for all the wrong reasons apparently.

This follows news that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) director Enock Ikope with three counts of breaching the organisation’s anti-corruption code.

The world cricket governing body made the announcement on Monday and further stated that Ikope has been charged under ICC’s Article 2.4.6 and Article 2.4.7, which includes offences such as refusing to co-operate, delaying and obstruction of an investigation into possible corruption by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

This development becomes the latest in a growing list of issues that ZC are currently having to deal with since the turn of the New Year.

First, there’s the lawsuit being filed against them by the sacked Chevrons coaching staff led by former first team coach Heath Streak, then there’s the players threatening to boycott the upcoming tri-series encounter with Pakistan and Australia not to mention the multi-million dollar debt that is crippling the association.

Ikope, also becomes the second Zimbabwean official to be penalised by the ICC after Rajan Nayer was banned from all cricket activities for 20 years in March.

Nayer accepted charges relating to offering Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer $30,000 to fix an international match last year and was subsequently banned.

“Mr Ikope has 14 days from June 11, 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” the ICC said in a statement.

While it remains to be seen how things will pan out for Ikope, one thing for certain is that something needs to change at ZC as they are fast losing credibility with their seemingly never-ending run of controversies.

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