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    Government stops Zimbabwe tour

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/c...ry/293985.html

    I think that the government did the right thing as in not putting the weight of pressure on the board and players. But still it would be a good thing is government didn't intervene.

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    Good stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master View Post
    Good call for mine.
    Ditto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    That's ridiculous.

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    I loved the ICC response I read on cricinfo earlier.

    "The ICC is a sporting organisation and our role is to ensure that the game of cricket is played wherever possible."

    Yeah, our only concern is that cricket is played every where. We don't care if players are leaving due to government policies and it is a third XI or some thing being fielded or if people are dying left and right in country x.

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    "But still we will not lose anything because cricket is not a major sport here.”


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    Well, they don't really even care about the cricket. What's the point of keeping them on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush View Post
    I loved the ICC response I read on cricinfo earlier.

    "The ICC is a sporting organisation and our role is to ensure that the game of cricket is played wherever possible."

    Yeah, our only concern is that cricket is played every where. We don't care if players are leaving due to government policies and it is a third XI or some thing being fielded or if people are dying left and right in country x.
    Well, I can kind of understand people not getting involved with politics. Look at the Olympic committee, they let China play (and even host!) and let the Soviet Union compete for decades too. I see the necessity of a sporting organization needing to be apolitical, but if the country simply does not care about the sport, I don't see the point.

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    Frankly I'm quite surprised some stupid comment didn't come out, like if Australia play in Zimbabwe "the terrorists win". Though I must admit, a very similar statement seems to be going around.

    "it would be accepting Mugabe"

    I think the end result is what should have happened but frankly a lot of political fuss came into it and not just out of Zimbabwe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Well, I can kind of understand people not getting involved with politics. Look at the Olympic committee, they let China play (and even host!) and let the Soviet Union compete for decades too. I see the necessity of a sporting organization needing to be apolitical, but if the country simply does not care about the sport, I don't see the point.
    For a situation like Zimbabwe - there is the political and the cricketing reason as I mentioned earlier. The politics aspect is a complicated and contensious issue but at least the cricketing part has been crystal clear from the days of Olonga and Flower's brave protests.

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    AT LAST! A Government with a but of guts and backbone! (Unlike our pathetic (and soon to be ex thank god) PM Blair who like Howard didn't want our cricketers to go there, but unlike Howard, said he couldn't order them not to) - this from the guy that's banned fox hunting and is going to ban people from smoking in pubs. It seems like the Aussies have a far better PM as well as a far better cricket team than us - if they ever vote him out could they send him here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush View Post
    For a situation like Zimbabwe - there is the political and the cricketing reason as I mentioned earlier. The politics aspect is a complicated and contensious issue but at least the cricketing part has been crystal clear from the days of Olonga and Flower's brave protests.
    Heh, started to become clear 3 years before that. The Flower-Olonga incident was just the crossing of the final frontier.
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