Nats to ban Black Caps Zimbabwe tour?

Woohoo! Good news, from the National government, of all people. Prime Minister John Key has strongly hinted that the Nats will ‘order’ the Black Caps to not tour Zimbabwe this July. If so, this would let NZ Cricket off the hook for potentially millions in default fees, under ICC rules that block a nation cancelling a tour for political reasons. Essentially, the ICC recognise that if the NZ government ban the Kiwi cricketers from touring Mugabe’s land, then the decision is taken out of the hands of NZ Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan.

This can only help Zimbabwe’s quest for human rights; despot Mugabe is a known cricket fan, so it will hopefully send him a clear message that respecting human rights in Zimbabwe is more important to the world than a cricket tour (much as we like the latter).

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One Response to “Nats to ban Black Caps Zimbabwe tour?”

  1. squaredrive Says:

    Update – NZ Cricket negotiated a 1 year postponement of the tour. Not sure this is such a good idea – it does give the new ‘joint’ power-sharing government of Zimbabwe to improve human rights, but it also means they may try to just sneak the tour through later…

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