Olonga tunes in for new career in music
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2003, 0:41 [IST]
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London: Zimbabwe fast bowler Henry Olonga is hoping to begin a new career in music after retiring from international cricket at the weekend. Olonga, who claims his life is in danger if he returns home following his high- profile anti-Robert Mugabe protest during the World Cup, has also been offered a contract to join fellow exiled teammate Andy Flower playing county cricket with Essex. But the 26-year-old told The Times newspaper that he wanted to explore new avenues. Olonga, who has already released a CD in Zimbabwe, is keen to build a singing career and is hoping to link up with composer Barrington Pheloung, who wrote the score for the highly-rated television series Inspector Morse. "Barrington offered me a contract to work with him on our last tour of England in 2000 after he'd heard me sing on the BBC," Olonga said. Olonga quit international cricket on Saturday following Zimbabwe's exit from the World Cup but said his and Flower's high-profile black armband protest against the Harare regime had put his life in danger. It was reported that members of the Zimbabwe secret police had even flown to East London in South Africa, where the team played its last game against Sri Lanka, ready to arrest Olonga on a charge of treason. He has remained in South Africa, but insists he will be on the move again very soon. "I'm hooking up with a friend here, but if necessary I'll keep moving as you never know," he said. "You have to remember that the ANC and Zanu-PF are bed-fellows. I'll only feel completely safe once I get to England."