Thatscricket - News - Zimbabwe asks England to honour cricket tour

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2004, 0:50 [IST]
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Harare:Zimbabwean cricket authorities have called on England to honour a commitment to tour in November, saying it would be "extremely disappointing" should the series not go ahead.

Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) chairman Peter Chingoka said the body had written to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman David Morgan, asking him to honour a commitment given in March that England would tour the troubled southern African country.

A front-page article printed in The Times of London on Wednesday said England were set to cancel the tour "on moral grounds".

Chingoka said in a statement on Wednesday, "In the light of the uncertainty that appears to exist in England, the ZCU has now written to David Morgan, asking him to urgently confirm the commitment he gave on behalf of the ECB to our Board of directors in Harare last march."

"That commitment was that England would fulfil its scheduled tour to Zimbabwe and those assurances were given to Zimbabwe's tour of the United Kingdom last summer," he said.

The Times said a report compiled by a senior ECB official formed the basis for the decision, due to be taken at a board meeting next week, to cancel the October-November tour "on moral rather than security grounds".

This follows concerns about the regime of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who, as well as being blamed for the African country's food crisis, has also been accused of human rights abuses and electoral fraud.

Chingoka added, "It would be extremely disappointing from our point of view if England were to now review its position on this latest tour."

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