Thatscricket - News - Cricket: England insists Zimbabwe tour is still on
Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
England One-day squad to Zimbabwe:
Nasser Hussain (captain), Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, James Foster (wicket-keeper), Paul Grayson, Matthew Hoggard, Ben Hollioake, James Kirtley, Nick Knight, James Ormond, Mark Ramprakash, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Jeremy Snape, Marcus Trescothick and Craig White.Copyright AFP 2001
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]London: England is still planning to tour Zimbabwe despite the tense situation in the southern African country, a senior cricket administrator said on Tuesday.Tim Lamb, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), speaking at Lord's where separate Test and One-day squads were also announced for tours of India and New Zealand over the coming months, said there was no question of the tour being called off for political reasons."It is not our job as sports administrators to make moral judgments," said Lamb. "I see no justifiable reason for cancelling the tour," he added.Lamb said pulling out would be a pointless gesture leading only to the Zimbabwe Cricket Union losing several hundred thousand dollars because of unpaid broadcasting fees.However, Lamb said contingency plans were in place if the British government advised that the players' safety might be endangered. "We are considering alternative tournament venues," said Lamb who did not give further details.Zimbabwe has been plunged into political and economic crisis for the past 18 months since a government-backed campaign of land seizures began, aimed at redressing colonial inequities which left 70 per cent of prime agricultural land in the hands of relatively few white farmers.England is due to leave for Zimbabwe on September 26 so time is running out if it wishes to change its plans. England is set to play five One-day Internationals in Zimbabwe, the purpose of the tour to identify new players who could feature in the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.