Streak appeals to Aus, Eng not to boycott Zim WC ties

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2003, 23:03 [IST]
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Durban: Zimbabwean captain Heath Streak has appealed to his Australian and England counterparts not to boycott his country during the World Cup tournament next month. Streak, speaking on behalf of his players, was on Thursday reported on South Africa's national radio station, SAFM, as saying that he could not understand why politics should be brought into cricket.

He was responding to attempts by the British, Australian and New Zealand governments to prevail on their players not to play in Zimbabwe because of "political instability" created by President Robert Mugabe. Streak said that Zimbabwean cricket should be given a chance and wanted to appeal to England and Australian players to play in his country.

He said there were no problems in Harare and Bulawayo, where the World Cup matches are scheduled to be played. Zimbabwe would play six of their matches in these two venues against Australia, England, India, Pakistan, Holland and Namibia. Meanwhile, the president of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA), Percy Sonn, on Thursday said he had no regrets about including Zimbabwe as one of the host countries during the World Cup. "It's still the view of the UCB that it was the correct decision to share matches with Zimbabwe and Kenya," he said.

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