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Aussie-Zimbabwe Series or Politics?

Written by F Mirza on May 18th, 2007   (447 views)

Are all politicians the same across the globe? I mean, why would a politician would interfere in the affairs of game? Perhaps capitalizing on an oppurtunity to score some points before a federal election, Mr. John Howard, the prime minister of Australia, must call the poll by the end of this year. According to indepedent analysts, Howard would prefer Australia not to play Zimbabwe anywhere for the time being.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is patronized by the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe. He is not the most favorite personalities in the world. Howard Rogers even considers him in the ranks of Gestapo.

Really, people are more enjoying this political skirmish, as they would have enjoyed the series between the world’s No. 1 team and a side ranked below Ireland at 11th. It’s hard to believe the people of Australia and Zimbabwe would take much interest in the series, even if they knew it was on.

Even the MCC, the committee, which is responsible for the game’s laws has called on ICC to suspend the Zimbabwe’s status as ODI and test playing nation, due to dismal standard of their game. The committee, chaired by Tony Lewis, includes players like Andy Flower, Steve Waugh, Courtney Walsh, Rahul Dravid and Barry Richards and some other stars have also welcomed the Australian decision to not to go with the series against Zimbabwe.

Several senior Australia players have also shown their immense relief at the decision taken by Australian government about the cancellation of tour to Zimbabwe. Matthew Hayden , Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and others voiced their relief publicly.

Cricket Australia refused to go on with the series, when James Sutherland came to know from his Zimbabwean counterpart Ozias Bvute, that Zimbabwe would not play outside of its boundaries.


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