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Howard wants ICC action on Zimbabwe


johnJohn Howard, the Australian prime minister, has called on the ICC to take action against Zimbabwe as the debate over Australia’s scheduled tour continues. Howard said his government was caught in a tight spot as it decided whether to stop Cricket Australia touring in September.

“I am jammed between my distaste for the government getting involved in something like this and my even greater distaste for giving a propaganda victory to Robert Mugabe,” Howard said on Australian radio. The government has repeatedly said it wants the series cancelled but the potential for the ICC to fine CA has complicated matters.

“I think the International Cricket Council has responsibilities, yes,” Howard said. “But they’re like any other body - they’re answerable to their constituent members.

“Now, I think there is some evidence emerging that even in those countries that would be very reluctant to see the ICC do anything, that something ought to happen. How long can the international cricket community - not just Australia - go on doing things that give aid and comfort to somebody who has thus far been totally impervious to any entreaties?”

Howard’s comments came the day after Alexander Downer, the foreign minister, met with CA to discuss the tour and the possible $US2 million fine. “Our secondary and quite important goal is to see that money we might have to pay as compensation to indemnify Cricket Australia doesn’t end up in [Mugabe’s] grubby hands, because that would be wrong,” Howard said.

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