Ban Zimbabwe from international cricket: MCC

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has backed Australia's decision not to tour Zimbabwe and has called on the ICC to suspend the African nation's Test and one-day status due to the sharp decline in their playing standard.

The MCC World Cricket committee, headed by Tony Lewis believes that the decline in the standard of cricket in Zimbabwe is directly related to the political situation there, and an improvement is highly unlikely with the current regime in place.

The statment has come, two days after Australia pulled out of a tour to Zimbabwe, in protest of president Robert Mugabe's regime in that country.

''The decline in playing standards linked to the Mugabe regime, was unlikely to improve while he was in power,'' Lewis said in a release.

''The committee therefore welcomes the decision of the Australian government in preventing its cricket team from touring Zimbabwe later this year."

"Once the social unrest has been addressed, ICC should, by means of regular review and guidance, assist the Zimbabwe Cricket Union in rebuilding as a serious cricketing nation,'' the release added.


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