ICC on verge of announcing Zim WC status decision

Published: Friday, December 20, 2002, 0:49 [IST]
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to announce later on Thursday if Zimbabwe will be allowed to host matches at next year's Cricket World Cup. World cricket's governing body was due to hold a 15:00 GMT press conference at its Lord's headquarters to announce whether or not the six matches due to be staged in Zimbabwe will go ahead.

On Tuesday a British government minister urged England, which was due to play its opening match of the tournament in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare on February 13, not to go there in protest at the policies of the African nation's president Robert Mugabe.

Last month the ICC sent an inspection team to Zimbabwe. Its report was presented to the ICC's executive board on Friday and is believed to have concentrated solely on questions of team safety rather than wider political issues. The World Cup begins on February 8. The bulk of the matches are due to be staged in South Africa with Kenya hosting two games.

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