India's T20I series doubtful after Zimbabwe suspension

India is scheduled to play three T20Is in Guwahati on January 5, Indore on January 7 and Pune on January 10.

File photo of India's tour of Zimbabwe for a limited-overs series in 2016.   -  AP Photo

The suspension of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) by the ICC has cast serious doubts on the limited-overs away series against India in January next year but the BCCI will wait till October to consider a back-up plan.

The ICC Board unanimously decided that ZC, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of its constitution which imposes an obligation on members to provide a process for free and democratic elections.

This has certainly made India’s home T20I series against Zimbabwe doubtful. India is scheduled to play three T20Is in Guwahati on January 5, Indore on January 7 and Pune on January 10.

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“Right now, we are not really thinking of any back-up plan. We will wait for the ICC quarterly meeting on October 16. Since they have been given three months to get their house in order, it is only prudent that we wait,” a senior BCCI official privy to the developments in ICC told PTI on Friday.

He, however, agreed that situation could be a bit different if ZC fails to get a clearance from the ICC in October.

“Yes, that’s our dedicated home window. We hope they get their house in order or else we will have to have some plans in place,” he said.

It needs to be checked if there is any full-member nation (Afghanistan, Sri Lanka or West Indies) available for a short tour which will be followed by a mini limited overs series against Australia.

As a consequence of suspension, ICC funding to ZC has been frozen and representative teams from the African nation will not be allowed to participate in any ICC event.

The ICC Board heard from both the Sports and Recreation Committee representatives of Zimbabwe government and ZC before making its decision.