England confirm Zimbabwe tour

Published: Thursday, October 28, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:England confirmed they would go ahead with their five-match one-day international tour of Zimbabwe next month.

The one outstanding issue for England chiefs was the safety and security of players and officials.

But following an inspection report, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman David Morgan gave them the go ahead to tour.

"The ECB management board has received a thorough report from the pre-tour visit, and we are grateful to the delegation that went to Zimbabwe and to the ZCU for their full co-operation with the visit," said Morgan.

"We have satisfied ourselves that appropriate safety and security measures will be in place to protect the England touring party and officials. "

"We are also concerned about the safety and security of travelling supporters and the media, and we concluded that Zimbabwe will provide a safe environment provided that they adhere to the Government's specific travel advice."

"I will be travelling with the team throughout the tour alongside the chief executive of the PCA (Professional Cricketers' Association), Richard Bevan, which will ensure we are able to respond to any major issues as quickly as possible."

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