ICC and CSA need to face Zim crisis

2008-03-15 00:00

A letter has arrived from a rising young Zimbabwean cricketer, a well-educated black player committed to the game and eager to serve his country. It is a letter from the betrayed, from a cricketer let down by wicked leaders. Nor was it the only correspondence to arrive from that community. Of course it is idle to suppose that those running Zimbabwen cricket care about anything except themselves. Not long ago a senior figure in Zim cricket said that he was not worried because “India owes us big time”. Meanwhile a reliable source says that, during the last World Cup, a ZCU official hurled abuse at Australian players. Altogether a nice bunch of fellers.

As much can be confirmed from a glance at the Cricinfo website. In a recent series of articles on the state of the game in Zimbabwe, Cricinfo published pictures of major club grounds. In most cases outfields, nets and pitches were wildly overgrown with hip-high grass and no sign of rollers or mowers. Apart from various school grounds maintained by well-organised institutions, and some of the international grounds, the cricket fields are in an abject state. The ZCU was given millions of dollars after the last World Cup.

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