DUBAI (AFP) - Zimbabwe will not be participating in the Twenty20 world championship next year in England, officials at the Dubai-based International Cricket Council confirmed Wednesday. The announcement rubber stamped a compromise worked out at the ICC's conference last month, under which the strife-torn country retained full membership of the ICC after agreeing not to send cricketers to the 2009 contest in the UK. 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."