Scotland have reversed their decision to tour Zimbabwe for an Intercontinental Cup fixture in October, following advice from the Scottish government and ministers against visiting the country.
The match was initially scheduled to be held at a neutral African venue before the Scotland board agreed to a proposal to host it in Zimbabwe, but a change in the UK government’s policy has led to the decision not to tour.
“The government is firmly of the view that there has not yet been sufficient progress in Zimbabwe on the fundamental issues of political reform and of re-establishing the rule of law to justify sports tours by British teams and the positive signal that would send,” the ministers had advised the board.
“We therefore strongly advise against such visits.
“We recognise that the final decision is for the relevant cricket boards, but hope they will consider their decisions carefully in the light of our unequivocal advice.”
The Scotland board considered the advice, and following discussions with the International Cricket Council, decided to abide by it.
Roddy Smith, the Cricket Scotland chief, said the board had been in an “impossible no-win situation” that left them without any other course of action.
“Although accepting that this decision will not be welcomed by some key partners, we felt that as a responsible governing body we could not, and would not, contravene the direct and unequivocal advice from the government,” Smith said.