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Sovik
May 5, 2007, 04:37 AM
The news that John Howard, Australia's prime minister, has offered to pay any fine levied on Cricket Australia should it refuse to send a side to Zimbabwe later this year would have made Peter Chingoka, back here in Harare after being lavishly entertained at the World Cup, splutter into his morning coffee ... and it wouldn't have done anything for Malcolm Speed's digestion either.

Full Story>> (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/zimbabwe/content/current/story/293271.html)

sandpiper
May 5, 2007, 01:02 PM
hmmm.... Zimbabwer ekhon ki hobe ? :umm: :umm:

Nafis_BD
May 5, 2007, 01:18 PM
Zimbabwe always falls into these kinda stuff somehow!!!!!

Sovik
May 5, 2007, 04:09 PM
hmmm.... Zimbabwer ekhon ki hobe ? :umm: :umm:

we will still play against them.

al Furqaan
May 5, 2007, 07:42 PM
we will still play against them.

i hope not...this time i have to agree with the neo con, white guy howard...he's doing the right thing.

Sandwich
May 6, 2007, 02:33 AM
its kinda sad cause its the Zimbawean people who suffer, however 2 mill in lost income support.. i doubt Zimbabwe have ever seen 2 million dollars

Sovik
May 6, 2007, 05:20 AM
i hope not...this time i have to agree with the neo con, white guy howard...he's doing the right thing.

i was a fan of Zimbabwe cricket team and i hate to see their current status in cricket world.

Sohel
May 6, 2007, 07:51 AM
i was visiting zim not too long ago, it's amazing that they're still playing cricket despite the political turmoil, and mass exodus of its civil society and white population (traditionally the seat of cricket there). guys like taibu and sibanda fade away before having the chance to shine. the situation in kenya is worse. no political madness there, at least not of the zim variety, but you can produce a only a limited number of cricketers from a tiny pool of the gymkhana club elite. their only role seems to be to make the shahriar nafeeses of the world look better than they are.

Tigernamo
May 6, 2007, 12:21 PM
When is Zimbabwe going to play their test series?

israr
May 11, 2007, 08:26 AM
i was visiting zim not too long ago, it's amazing that they're still playing cricket despite the political turmoil, and mass exodus of its civil society and white population (traditionally the seat of cricket there). guys like sibanda fade away before having the chance to shile. the situation in kenya is worse. no political madness there, at least not of the zim variety, but you can produce a only a limited number of cricketers from a tiny pool of the gymkhana club elite. their only role seems to be to make the shahriar nafeeses of the world look better than they are.

That is the reason why I always supported Zimbabwe, even way above the Kenyans or the Irish.
If only Mugabe didn't interfere :doh: ......................

Murad
May 11, 2007, 02:38 PM
it had to happen.. remember our last series against.. them. it was really worse series.. their government didn't allow any journalists. and were charging 600 dollars..

australia doing the right thing..

Farhad
May 12, 2007, 11:35 PM
Government stops Zimbabwe tour

The Australian government has ordered the country's cricket team not to tour Zimbabwe in September. John Howard, the prime minister, said it was not fair to leave the decision up to Cricket Australia and the players.

Read more (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/293985.html)

Sandwich
May 13, 2007, 11:23 PM
When is Zimbabwe going to play their test series?

Zimbabwe have had their Test status revoked pending a meeting this week with the ICC

jabbar
May 14, 2007, 12:17 AM
its kinda sad cause its the Zimbawean people who suffer, however 2 mill in lost income support.. i doubt Zimbabwe have ever seen 2 million dollars

Err.... zimbabwe may be under siege and suffering financially, but 2 million dollars is pittance. The real loss is Mugabe's loss of pride, which is what we all want.

Sandwich
May 15, 2007, 04:02 AM
Err.... zimbabwe may be under siege and suffering financially, but 2 million dollars is pittance. The real loss is Mugabe's loss of pride, which is what we all want.

true enuff, but why should Mugabe be allowed to line his pockets after he is the reason the tour wont go ahead, well either way its a moot point cause the gov banned it so no $$$ for Mugabe :D

but for a country like NZ where the gov cant revoke passports to prevent the tour so they have to pay the fine :/

ICC needs to say enuffs enuff put the cricket back into independant administrators or ur out.

Sohel
May 16, 2007, 12:59 PM
mugabe's a megalomaniacal butcher. he has done a number on zimbabwe as a whole. the tragic state of their cricket is but a vague reflection of his madness. zim should be boycotted the way SA was during apartheid as long as he's there...:mad:

Pundit
May 16, 2007, 02:54 PM
Ok, if there are human rights violations by Mugabe (including those against White Farmers), that is tragic and not to be condoned. But that discussion here will open up a can of worms, so let us not bring it into play.

But considering the greater scheme of things, Cricket is not Mugabe's priority. If Cricket in Zimbabwe falters as a side effect to closing the door to all Ian Smiths of the Old World, then that is an expense he can bear, and so can Zimbabwe- atleast he thinks so.

For all of you AL lots, think of it like this - in 1971 if the choice came as being able to play Tests with the W Pakistan team (Bengali players with a quota) vs the Liberation war/movement, what do you think the Sheikh Sahib would have prioritized?

Pundit
May 16, 2007, 02:56 PM
Oh and BTW, do you know where I think John Howard should stick his right thumb into?

Beamer
May 16, 2007, 03:31 PM
Wouldn't see a boycott of England and Australia anytime soon for invading an independent nation on false premises.Would you?

Right thumb? He might need a whole fist..

ammark
May 16, 2007, 04:12 PM
Ok, if there are human rights violations by Mugabe (including those against White Farmers), that is tragic and not to be condoned. But that discussion here will open up a can of worms, so let us not bring it into play.

But considering the greater scheme of things, Cricket is not Mugabe's priority. If Cricket in Zimbabwe falters as a side effect to closing the door to all Ian Smiths of the Old World, then that is an expense he can bear, and so can Zimbabwe- atleast he thinks so.

For all of you AL lots, think of it like this - in 1971 if the choice came as being able to play Tests with the W Pakistan team (Bengali players with a quota) vs the Liberation war/movement, what do you think the Sheikh Sahib would have prioritized?

Pundit bhai, I dont think ICC can deal with that issue here. At best there has to be a united ban on Zimbabwe cricket like there was against South Africa during the apartheid days... but what ICC can object to is the way Zimbabwe Cricket Board is managing ICC funds, the state of Zimbabwe's cricket, etc. On that grounds, ICC can very well make sure England, Aus and NZ do not tour Zim.

OZGOD
May 16, 2007, 11:23 PM
It was a sensible move by the OZ govt to take the heat for the cancellation, rather than forcing the players and board to decide.

Sohel
May 17, 2007, 06:32 AM
It was a sensible move by the OZ govt to take the heat for the cancellation, rather than forcing the players and board to decide.

absolutely... :)

Pundit
May 17, 2007, 02:09 PM
It was a sensible move by the OZ govt to take the heat for the cancellation, rather than forcing the players and board to decide.

This was being created as a political problem just so that the Govt got its chance to cancel the tour. It could not have turned out in any other way.