Sacked Olonga likely target for county set

Published: Friday, February 21, 2003, 5:46 [IST]
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Harare: Zimbabwe fast bowler Henry Olonga set his sights on making a name for himself outside of his native Zimbabwe on Thursday after he was sacked by his club for his black armband protest against President Robert Mugabe. Olonga and teammate Andy Flower won worldwide plaudits for their gesture as well as for signing their names to a powerful statement condemning the worsening conditions in their strife-torn country.

However, it was all too much for Olonga's club even though he escaped censure by the International Cricket Council (ICC). On Thursday he was sacked by his Takashinga club after going ahead with his protest during his team's World Cup opener against Namibia on February 10. "The disciplinary committee has decided that Henry Olonga's membership be withdrawn," said a statement from the club. "By wearing the black armband, Henry has not only brought the game of cricket and the club into disrepute.

"He has also compromised one of the club's major objectives of embracing the ethical and professional demands of the game of cricket." It is understood that Olonga, 26, could be a target for English county championship clubs where his international experience would prove invaluable. Copyright AFP 2001

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