Nigeria, Namibia to replace Zimbabwe in ICC World T20 Qualifiers
Nigeria and Namibia will be replacing Zimbabwe in the ICC WT20 Qualifiers, which is set to kick off in October later this year. The decision comes on the back of Zimbabwe's suspension from International Cricket by the ICC due to political interference in the board's cricketing affairs.
20 days after their suspension from International Cricket, it has now been confirmed that Zimbabwe will not take part in the ICC World T20 Qualifiers (both men and women), which will be kicking off in October. Instead, they will be replaced by Nigeria in the Men's Qualifying tournament, while Namibia will take their place in the Women's Qualifiers.
Nigeria will join hosts UAE, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, Kenya, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Singapore and two teams from the Americas Final due to be held later this month in the Men's Qualifiers, while Namibia will join hosts Scotland, Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and USA to compete for the two remaining spots at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.
"Namibia step into the frame by virtue of their finishing spot in the Africa regional pathway having lost the final of the women’s African Qualifier to Zimbabwe. This maintains the balance of regional representation in the global qualifying events," ICC released an official statement on their website.
"Nigeria came third in the Africa Men’s Final and as such become the third African team in the global qualifier along with Kenya and Namibia, again retaining the regional representation for the event," the release further read.
Zimbabwe's suspension came under criticism from several Zimbabwe players, including the likes of Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza.