ICC defers Zimbabwe's Tests against Pak & Eng

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/I/Icc.jpg' class='caption'> The ICC has deferred the two Tests Zimbabwe were to play against Pakistan and England later this year.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today deferred the two Tests Zimbabwe were to play against Pakistan and England later this year and ordered a probe into allegations of racial discriminations in the selection of players of its national team. "Considering the seriousness of the allegations levelled by Zimbabwean players on racial discrimination in selection, the ICC has decided on an independent inquiry by some eminent person above reproach," ICC President Ehsan Mani told reporters after a two day meeting here today. "The full Executive Board meeting of the ICC this month end will decide who will conduct the inquiry," he added. "For now, the Test matches Zimbabwe were to play against Pakistan in October and England in November have been deferred and their rescheduling will depend on future commitments," Mani said. The latest decision by the game's governing body comes close on the heels of deferment of Zimbabwe's two Tests at home against world champions Australia last month. Mani said the ZCU had held that the ICC had no jurisdiction to intervene in the dispute but the ICC had received "advice" on the matter which it had forwarded to ZCU. "ZCU is considering it and has agreed to the fast-track dealing of the dispute," he said. ZCU President Peter Chingoka, who also addressed the press conference, said he was not in contact with Streak directly. He said his board had an open mind on the dispute. Mani too denied that there has been any communication between the ICC and Streak's men even though the protesting players had asked the ICC to intervene in the dispute. Mani said both India and South Africa had agreed to send first-class teams to Zimbabwe and also offer other facilities to train Zimbabwean players. Indian Cricket Board President Jagmohan Dalmiya too attended the two-day meeting in the desert shiekhdom. The cricket chiefs of India, South Africa and Australia together with Chingkoka and Mani met in Dubai yesterday and today to discuss the matter. (PTI)

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