Flower, Olonga asked to drop black armband protest
Published: Sunday, February 23, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Bulawayo: Zimbabwe cricketers Andy Flower and Henry Olonga were warned on Saturday to either drop their black armband protest or face being axed from their country's World Cup squad. The two men were called separately to attend a specially convened meeting of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) executive board here and emerged grim-faced after being told to abandon their protest. Olonga and Flower won worldwide praise for their courage when they wore black armbands in their country's opening World Cup clash against Namibia on February 10 and issued a powerfully-worded statement condemning the regime of President Robert Mugabe and the deteriorating conditions in the country.