ICC cagey over Aussie tourist murder in Zimbabwe

Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003, 18:21 [IST]
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) was going ahead on Monday with plans to stage World Cup matches in Zimbabwe despite the weekend murder of an Australian tourist in the strife-torn country.

However, a spokesman for the Australian Foreign Minister said the murder emphasised the government's concerns about Zimbabwe staging World Cup matches. He also reiterated calls for a collective boycott of all World Cup fixtures in Zimbabwe because of the policies of President Robert Mugabe and the worsening security situation.

But an ICC spokesman in London told, "We need to find out more about the incident before making any comment." The 27-year-old South Australia man was stabbed to death on Saturday in an apparent robbery attempt while visiting Victoria Falls in northwestern Zimbabwe, the Foreign Ministry said.

"This death is certainly a reminder of the wider concerns that we have about security in Zimbabwe and the deteriorating political and economic environment," a spokesman for Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told.


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