Should Australia tour Zimbabwe?

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Journey Man
I think not. The team is piss poor anyway, but this is because it is picked on racial lines.

If Australia wouldn't play South Africa in the 70s and 80s why are they persisting with a tour to Zimbabwe where the regime is responsible for far worse?

Canteen Worker

First Grader
The only reason we won't go if is player safety is seen at risk. In the early 80s Fraser and his govt had a social conscience that his failed treasurer of the time failed to pick up.


First Grader
Frasers social conscience, along with many other long gone politicians handed the country to a megalomaniac who is still there.

The answer to the question is NO we should NOT tour, unfortunately we will.

The difference between SA and now is that it is not ok for whites to kill/discriminate against blacks, but when it is blacks holding the whip hand it is apparently ok...

Nobody wants to tell a black Govt they are doing something wrong.


Journey Man
THE Prime Minister, John Howard, should intervene to block Australia's cricket tour of Zimbabwe to maximise pressure on the discredited regime of President Robert Mugabe, a senior church leader claims.

As Australia's victorious World Cup cricketers arrived home yesterday, an outspoken Mugabe critic, the Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, said participation in September's tour would only lend legitimacy to the autocratic leader and be used as a propaganda tool by the regime.

Archbishop Ncube, a respected human rights campaigner, said it should not be left to cricketers to take a moral stand but should be a government decision.

He said it was naive to argue that sport and politics do not mix, and every means possible should be used to unseat Zimbabwe's leader and bring about democratic reforms.

Australia's visit to Zimbabwe during the World Cup four years ago was used to great effect by the state-controlled media to suggest that the international community was on side, Archbishop Ncube told the Herald.

"Whenever there is a touring sporting team there is a lot of focus on it to show there is nothing wrong with Zimbabwe and … everything is going so well and that Tony Blair and George Bush are the ones that are demonising Zimbabwe," the archbishop said.

"My encouragement would be let's boycott and not go there, so that in this way we can embarrass and put pressure on this immoral government of Mugabe and his cronies."

The issue of a state-sanctioned sporting boycott will be raised in a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, on Tuesday at which Australia will also be urged to support humanitarian appeals, assist African leaders to mediate with Zimbabwe's major parties and help draft a new democratic constitution to ensure voting in elections scheduled for next year are free and fair.

A spokesman for Mr Downer said the Government did not support the cricket tour to Zimbabwe "under current circumstances", but it was up to to Cricket Australia to consider all issues, including team security. Mr Downer would meet cricket administrators soon.

Meanwhile, the team's vice-captain, Adam Gilchrist, told the Herald he had yet to form a personal position on the issue. The bowler Stuart MacGill boycotted Australia's last tour, in 2003.

"We'll learn as much as we can about it in the next few weeks, like we always do," Gilchrist said. "We'll try and, hopefully, make what we feel is the right decision, because we're not going to satisfy everyone."

Speaking at the Lowy Institute, Archbishop Ncube said Zimbabwe had never been in such a dire position, with inflation at 2200 per cent - the highest in the world - and with the world's lowest life expectancy rate.

Fear of retribution had stifled a popular uprising among the Zimbabwe people, most of whom had no experience of democracy, Archbishop Ncube said.

By far the biggest obstacle to reform was Mr Mugabe, whom the archbishop described as a conceited, ego-driven megalomaniac.

Archbishop Ncube said he had had his life threatened, was continuously vilified in the state-controlled media and had been publicly abused by Mr Mugabe many times. His phone is tapped and his car is tailed by "strange vehicles".

"I refuse to be intimidated. It is my country, I have a right to speak, to go anywhere and not be intimidated," the archbishop said.


Journey Man
The only reason we won't go if is player safety is seen at risk. In the early 80s Fraser and his govt had a social conscience that his failed treasurer of the time failed to pick up.
That **** wit Fraser used to count Mugabe as his "best friend" and Australian pressure on a legitimate regime in the 1970s is the reason for the current bloodthirsty regime. If Fraser had a social conscience he should be making a VERY humble apology for the bloody mess he created.


'We'll pay if Zimbabwe tour axed'
May 4, 2007 - 11:29AM

The federal government will foot the bill for any costs if the Australian cricket team is forced to pull out of its tour of Zimbabwe, Prime Minister John Howard says.

The government had yet to decide whether to ask Cricket Australia (CA) to cancel the tour, planned for later this year, Mr Howard told Southern Cross Broadcasting.

"We would indemnify Cricket Australia for any compensation that it might have to pay to the international body," he said.

"It would not be fair to visit the cost of a foreign policy decision on a sporting body."

Mr Howard said both he and Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer would be involved in talks with CA.

Australia is scheduled to tour Zimbabwe in September, but the trip is in doubt amid security concerns and recent human rights abuses.

The team faces a $2 million fine from the International Cricket Council if it pulls out.



Zimbabwe shouldnt have any status in world cricket. Take it off the and give it to Kenya and see how they can develop as a cricket nation.


Journey Man
Zimbabwe shouldnt have any status in world cricket. Take it off the and give it to Kenya and see how they can develop as a cricket nation.

Zimbabwe could beat Kenya anytime if the country wasn't so stuffed up.


First Grader
its not about Kenya, its about the Zim team being screwed over by their board/Govt, which are all the same thing..


Take thier national team from them until it's sorted out. We don't need our players going over there to deal with that crap.


First Grader
The ICC need to grow some balls and recognise the problem instead of issuing threats of a fine to the ACB.

Canteen Worker

First Grader
Downer has put it to them today, which is good but the ICC and the ACB are heading for a clash.

Sadly the powerbase of cricket has moved from the MCC to the subcontinent and justice, truth and a fair go are the last things on the agenda with that lot.

I hope that we take the federal govt money and run but I won't hold my breath.
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