Thatscricket - News - Australia to go ahead with Zimbabwe tour

Published: Thursday, March 4, 2004, 15:54 [IST]
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Bulawayo:The Australian cricket team will tour Zimbabwe in May, manager Stephen Bernard said, adding that it would be stopped only if "something drastic" were to happen.

"There's no doubt we're coming, unless something drastic has to happen just before the tour. We were coming anyhow but we had to make all the necessary security checks ahead of the tour," Bernard said after inspecting the Queens Sports Country, one of the two venues for the matches.

Bernard, flanked by Zimbabwe Cricket Union's managing director Vince Hogg, said he was impressed with the facilities and an assurance from the police on the safety and security of players and officials.

"We would want to stress that the pre-checks we are conducting are not only for Zimbabwe but we have had security checks in Sri Lanka and the West Indies where our teams have played before," Bernard said.

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