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ICC welcomes Test series cancellation

21/05/2004 08:47:39 PM Comments (0)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) welcomed the decision to scrap Australia's Test cricket series against Zimbabwe, saying it was glad it didn't have to force the issue.

The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) called off the games after it became apparent the ICC was set to strip the tour of its Test status at a teleconference scheduled to be held later.

ICC President Ehsan Mani said the action would help ensure the integrity of Test cricket was preserved without the ICC having to use its powers to force the issue.

"I am pleased that the ZCU and Cricket Australia (CA) have agreed to postpone these two matches to a date yet to be fixed," he said in a statement.

"This course of action was first suggested by the ICC two weeks ago and protects the integrity of Test cricket.

"Over recent days all ICC full members have worked hard behind the scenes to help find a resolution and their work is appreciated.

"The ZCU has now revisited the proposal to postpone this series and this decision will be positively received throughout the international cricket family."

Mani said issues surrounding Zimbabwe would be discussed at ICC meetings to be held in London at the end of June.

He said the teleconference will no longer take place but the ICC will hold a media conference.

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