Happenings back home doesn't matter to Taibu

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Multan:Zimbabwe cricket captain Tatenda Taibu said he was unconcerned over the International Cricket Council's (ICC) probe into the allegations of racism in his country's selection policies.

"We remain unconcerned over what's happening because we are here to play cricket and enjoy it," Taibu told reporters ahead of his team's first tri-series match against Pakistan on Thursday.

Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak accused the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) of racism in selection policies besides other problems in April this year, in allegations backed by 14 other players.

Streak and the rebel players were immediately sacked and Taibu became the youngest captain in international cricket leading an inexperienced squad of mainly black players.

It suffered defeats in five One-day games and two Tests against Sri Lanka followed by a 5-0 routing at the hands of Australia in the One-day matches.

The huge defeats forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to suspend Zimbabwe's Test status until the end of this year and appointed solicitor-general of India, Goolam Vahanvati and a senior South African high court judge Steven Majiedt for the probe.

When asked if he regretted the crisis in Zimbabwe cricket, Taibu said: "whatever happened in the past six months I don't have control over it, what I can control I control.

"Whatever has happened has happened but I love my cricket and at the moment am concentrating on it."

Zimbabwe are due to resume Test cricket against Bangladesh in January in the hope they will have improved their standard by then.

"We are a young side and preparing for the future. The first target is to regain the Test status in January next year," said Taibu.

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