Zimbabwe Confirms Withdrawal From T20 World Cup

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has confirmed that its team will not take part in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England. Their participation had remained in doubt because the British government was unlikely to grant the team's visas and the confirmation comes after an original proposal in July was accepted in principle by the International Cricket Council (ICC). ICC President David Morgan said: "We are grateful to Zimbabwe Cricket for confirming the decision taken by its officials during annual conference week. "This allows the ICC the opportunity to plan with certainty the ICC World Twenty20 2009, as well as giving Scotland, the side set to step up in Zimbabwe’s place, plenty of preparation time ahead of the tournament." The decision means that Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland will all participate in the 12-team tournament next year. © Cricket World 2008