Thatscricket - News - Political unrest threatens England's tour of Zimbabwe
Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
London: England's autumn cricket tour of Zimbabwe is facing calls for its cancellation unless the political situation in the country improves, it was reported on Tuesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Violence, which has seen farmers in Zimbabwe attacked and their property looted has prompted security fears over the tour, scheduled for September and October. Labour politician Gareth Thomas, secretary of the Parliamentary Sports Group, told The Times the tour should be cancelled if there was no improvement in the political turmoil."To play cricket matches in a country where the government is clearly condoning violence against its opponents must be questionable," he was quoted by the paper as saying. "Unless the situation improves dramatically this tour should be cancelled."England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman John Read said there were no plans to scrap the tour, which will feature five One-day Internationals. "We are still planning to go ahead but this is being reviewed daily. We will be guided by the Foreign Office," he said.