Zimbabwe Forfeit Scotland Intercontinental Cup Game
Scotland will play Afghanistan in the Intercontinental Cup final after Zimbabwe forfeited their match against Scotland which was schedule to be played later this month.
In August, Scotland pulled out of the planned tour, which included a decisive four-day match, and the International Criicket Council (ICC) has confirmed that Zimbabwe have effectively forfeited the match, handing Scotland the full 20 points available.
That puts Scotland clear at the top on 89 points, with Afghanistan in second place on 77 points and a match against Kenya to come, with Zimbabwe XI in third on 72.
"We wanted this fixture to go ahead and we did everything possible to facilitate an agreement between the two sides. We were happy for the match to take place anywhere in the world but the sides could not agree," David Richardson, chairman of the ETC and ICC General Manager - Cricket, said.
"It is disappointing for us and the ICC Intercontinental Cup that these two sides could not agree when or where to play their fixture and, for the integrity of the competition, these circumstances must not be allowed to happen again.
"However, taking into account all of the circumstances that have been presented to the ETC in this case, we are prepared to accept ZC’s unequivocal and unqualified statement of forfeiture and declare the match as being forfeited," he said.
ZC Managing Director Ozias Bvute added: "We feel that the I Cup is a significant competition in Scotland's development and therefore important that it gets the full benefits associated with playing in it. Moreover, given the limited playing opportunities available to them, it would be unnecessarily counterproductive to rob them of their right to participation or reduce their chances of reaching the final.
"Zimbabwe has no dispute with either Cricket Scotland or the ICC. Instead, we seek only a solution that will ultimately allow for fair participation by all, as such, ZC has decided to forfeit the match in favour of Scotland.
"ZC wishes it to be noted that our development side has enjoyed its participation in this competition and we wish CS and their team the best as they now progress to the I Cup final."
The final takes place from 25th to 29th November in Dubai.
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