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Zimbabwe series postponement

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by Paul G - BBC Sport (U1723268) 13 December 2007
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The England and Wales Cricket Board has offered Zimbabwe almost 150,000 to postpone their one-day series in England in 2009.

Matches against Zimbabwe have been a thorny subject for the ECB over the past few years and they believe playing a series which does not include Test matches will not be financially viable.

See news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cri...

If Zimbabwe agree, the ECB will then have to find new opposition for the start of a summer which also includes the ICC World Twenty20 and the Ashes series against Australia.

What do you think of the ECB's proposal?

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posted Jan 4, 2008

sorry, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander

it took all aspects of life in RSA to change, if Sport is excluded in the Zimbabwe approach then only Mugabe and his cronies win

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posted Jan 4, 2008

its all bullsh*t - Mugabe is no better than Saddam and Iraq was bombed and civilians killed because of him being a 'tyrant'(definition required) - there were so many stories its hard to identify the exact story for the invasion of Iraq. It had nothing whatsoever to do with the Oil apparently. If england was then so concerned with the zimbabwe situation and did invade zimbabwe with or without america it would be considered a spent expedition as zimbabwe has no produce which could justify an invasion in the sense that Afghanistan has the Opium and Iraq the Oil. It dosent exactly seem life is important for the invading goverments so people will always be ready to lose their life 'for their country'.

Why did the ECB arrange fixtures that they wont play in. zimbabwe has been like this for over 5 years.

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posted Jan 4, 2008

This is clearly blackmail by the ICC, my vote would be to stand up to them and say fine take the 20:20 elsewhere. With what is happening in Zimbabwe at the moment, no country should tour or host their team. Its not true that if sport is banned only Mugabe and his cronies win, the more domestic and international pressure against Mugabe to force a change the better.

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posted Jan 4, 2008

Unless England cuts sporting ties with China, Kenya and other countries with similar human rights records, it is impossible to justify its stance on Zimbabwe.

For those who are wondering why Britain doesn't invade Zimbabwe, the explanation is simple :- Britain is not a global policeman. It had no right to invade Iraq, and murder thousands of its citizens.

Refusing to fulfil a cricket match against Zimbabwe will make Gordon Brown and the British government look stupid.

Would England pull out of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa if Zimbabwe qualified and they were drawn in the same group?

If the Confederaion of African Football (CAF), FIFA and other Sporting Bodies have not banned Zimbabwe, why should ICC? What is so special about ICC?

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posted Jan 5, 2008

is Mugabe bothered ?hes enjoying life - his people arent - the british didnt take long in invading Iraq because of Saddam despite is people in general having healthcare better than the NHS at the time. - the people are dying and muabe aint bothered - hes a devil.

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comment by tawanda (U4419876)

posted Jan 5, 2008

I refuse to support Gordon Brown on this.How many corrupt governments who have worse human rights records than Zimbabwe?China , Russia and Pakistan are good examples.But england paly pakistan in cricket,Russia in football and are going to Beijing for the olympics.Why Zimbabwe?Because The Mugabe Regime took away land from "british white farmers" and the british government are still very bitter .How come no other government are as vocal as the british.How come England played in the 20:20 last year in South Africa in the same group as Zimbabwe ,but noone mentioned boycott.British Government have a hiddden interests in zimbabwe which they cant access beacuse of Mugabe`s cleverness and not willing to be a yesman to what the west says.
So i say the ICC should punish England if they want to ban zimbabwe from palying cricket with them.

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posted Jan 5, 2008

Russia and Pakistan are good examples.But england paly pakistan in cricket,Russia in football and are going to Beijing for the olympics.Why Zimbabwe?Because The Mugabe Regime took away land from "british white farmers" - its quite obvious but the people of zimbabwe are struggling not mugabe. the british have no interest in zimbabwe or its people. mugabe is just a man and zimbabwe another country. if zimbabwe had oil mines or opium fields it would be different. the americans dont care about zimbabwe. Vietnam, Afganistan and Iraq were ruined by the americans because of the opium and oil. the non-indigenous people of Zimbabwe have probably gone back to their ethnic homelands. it wouldnt take long for mugabe to be disposed by a country that holds militiary arsenal ie; the queens MoD

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comment by Nhando (U10094360)

posted Jan 5, 2008

As a Zimbabwean, who loves cricket, I think it is only right that England makes a stand like this....even though it is a bit belated. To those of you who argue that there are far worse regimes who should be punished, I say to you that those places have always been terrible places. Zimbabwe had it all only 10 years ago, and now it is a complete basket case. All because of one man and his evil regime. The people deserve better and absolutely anything should be done to assist us to get the country back to a stable state. It is not about land, racism or imperialism. It is quite simply about greed and stupidity. If it was good enough to ban RSA during apartheid, then it is certainly good enough to ban Zimbabwe (I think the apartheid governments would have been jealous of Mugabe's ability to totally quash black hopes!).

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posted Jan 7, 2008

My apologies. I did not follow up on my original comment, but from reading the last 3 weeks' worth of comments I cannot belive that SwamyCricketAnanda is defending the Mugabe regime. Please, please, please tell me that I have misinterpreted his comments!!!

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posted Jan 7, 2008

I understand that Zimbabwe are going ahead with their tour of Pakistan in order to go somewhere for a bit of peace and quiet...

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