WC 2003 - Olonga decides to retire as he fears for his life
Published: Sunday, March 16, 2003, 2:47 [IST]
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East London: Zimbabwean fast bowler Henry Olonga announced his retirementfrom international cricket on Saturday saying his anti-government protest made itdifficult for him to return to his country."I have been receiving threatening e-mails since the protests which I believe havemade it dangerous for me to return to Zimbabwe," Olonga said. Olonga and team-mate Andy Flower, who has also retired from the internationalgame, wore black arm-bands during his team's World Cup opener against Namibiain protest at the government of President Robert Mugabe."It is with great sadness that I am officially announcing my retirement frominternational cricket," the 26-year-old said in a statement. "My continuedinvolvement with the Zimbabwean team has become untenable."The stand I took earlier in the World Cup has undoubtedly had repercussions thathave affected both my career and my personal life. I have received threateninge-mails which, I believe, make it dangerous for me to return to Zimbabwe."I was never under the illusion that my stand would have no consequences but Ibelieve that one should have the courage of one's convictions in life and do all onecan to uphold them."I believe that if I were to continue to play for Zimbabwe in the midst of theprevailing crisis I would do so only by neglecting the voice of my conscience."Olonga played just twice in the World Cup - the opening game against Namibia inHarare on February 10 and the Super Six clash against Kenya in Bloemfontein onWednesday before being dropped again on Saturday.After refusing to abandon his protest, Olonga was sacked by his domestic club inZimbabwe. His immediate plans were not clear. His father is a widely-respecteddoctor in Bulawayo while other members of his family live in Zambia and England.