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Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 5:34 [IST]
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Zimbabwean cops arrest nine cricketers for dancing nude
Tuesday, February 17 2004 00:04 Hrs (IST)

Harare:Zimbabwean police arrested nine white Zimbabwean and Botswanan cricketers at the weekend for dancing nude in the rain in the middle of the cricket grounds in the Northwestern town of Hwange, police said.

Inspector Andrew Phiri said the nine were arrested for "crimen injuria" (offensive behaviour) for indecently exposing themselves during traditional annual anniversary celebrations of the formation of the Wankie Cricket Club.

The club was set up five years ago on Valentine's Day. The cricketers allegedly took off their clothes after a stoppage due to rain then rushed to the ground and danced in full view of all cricket fans.

"Nine cricketers were arrested. They are being charged with "crimen injuria". I think they will appear in court onTuesday," Phiri said.

"They were playing cricket, following the normal cricket rules and when it started raining all the officials and players left the ground.

"All of sudden these nine undressed, rushed back to the centre of the ground and started dancing around naked ... nude, nude. They showed their private parts to all the people in the ground ... and to some it was offensive," said Phiri, adding that it was not yet clear why the men had danced naked.

He said some spectators took photographs, police were informed and followed up with arrests.


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