Tsvangirai says no to World Cup cricket in Zimbabwe

Published: Monday, December 30, 2002, 23:06 [IST]
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London: Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Monday that he was against World Cup cricket being played in his country because President Robert Mugabe would use it for propaganda.

"We support cricket but we don't support the holding of world matches in Zimbabwe because Mugabe will exploit it for his advantage and credibility," Tsvangirai told BBC radio. "If the England captain (Nasser Hussain) is aware of the situation in Zimbabwe, I don't think he will find it appropriate to come to a country where everything is collapsing politically, economically and socially.

"If he comes, he will be endorsing the illegitimate Mugabe regime." Pressure has been building on both the England and Australia teams not to take part in World Cup games that have been scheduled for Zimbabwe in February as a protest to Mugabe's human rights record.

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