Thursday, June 03, 2004

Zimbabwe: white cricketers leaving

Hmmm ... remember this story ... well, the white players are leaving to play for teams elsewhere ...
Heath Streak leaves today to join Warwickshire, where he will be under contract for two months. ...

Last week veteran batsman [Grant] Flower left for Britain along with [Trevor] Gripper. [Andy] Blignaught and [Sean] Ervine have been signed by Australian sides. The others say they are reasonably confident of finding jobs, mostly overseas.

... Some parents and friends of the departing players say the ZCU are confident of retaining Test status at the International Cricket Council meeting later this month, because white member states are outnumbered by black cricket unions.

... The players privately say that they do not believe that the ZCU, as it is presently constituted, will ever address their fundamental grievances and therefore none of them will turn out for Zimbabwe again.