Zimbabwe's Andy Flower may play in Australia

Published: Sunday, February 23, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower, at the centre of black armband protest against the regime of President Robert Mugabe, may play cricket in Australia, a newspaper report said on Sunday.

Flower and teammate Henry Olonga were warned on Saturday to either drop their black armband protest or face being axed from their country's World Cup squad. Flower said he was close to signing a deal with an unidentified Australian state team.

"I'd love to come and play cricket in the domestic competition in Australia," Flower told Sydney's 'Sun-Herald' newspaper on Sunday. "Obviously, things are a bit difficult here at the moment and I'd enjoy having a playing stint there and having temporary residence there. I've had some discussions and to be honest it is something I'd like to do," Flower said. "The talks I've had have been very positive and the appeal is very obvious.

We should know exactly what is happening in the next couple of weeks," he stated. "Right now the focus is on other things, with everything that is going on. But playing in Australia for six months is looking like a real possibility." Copyright AFP 2001

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