Snedden fears Zimbabwe crisis will affect WC 2011 bid

Published: Saturday, July 2, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Wellington:New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive Martin Snedden is disappointed at government proposals to prevent Zimbabwe touring later this year, although he expressed relief that plans stopped short of rushing through legislation to ban New Zealand from going to Zimbabwe next month.

"I'm disappointed but it appears to me the government is acting lawfully and consistently with what it believes about this situation," Snedden said.

"It does cause us problems ... in terms of the financial circumstances that will occur from that and, perhaps more particularly, the effect that it will have on our chances of successfully bidding to co-host the Cricket World Cup in 2011."

The government's hard line on Zimbabwe has been well documented, and some opposition groups had been calling on Phil Goff, the foreign minister, to introduce laws aimed at banning New Zealand from sending a side to tour Zimbabwe. Goff ruled that out, but again repeated his view that the Zimbabwe players would be refused visas for the return leg of the series.

It may be mentioned that the New Zealand team is currently scheduled to tour the African nation from next month and cannot cancel the tour without incurring a fine of at least $2 million.

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