England cancel flight to Zimbabwe

England cancel flight to Zimbabwe

Post by Ananda Wijepal » Fri, 26 Nov 2004 04:14:37


I think, it is time to give a strong signal to Zimbabwe authorities that the
cricketing community will not tolerate the offensive attitude displayed by
them. Though cricket is only a game and should not be used as a tool to
exert pressure on domestic political issues(which are not similar to
apartheid btw), they rejection of visas of sports journalist to cover the
tour is an indication that they have crossed the line. Time to call off the
tour IMO.

Ananda

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England cancel flight to Zimbabwe

Wisden Cricinfo staff

November 24, 2004

England's cricketers have cancelled their scheduled flight to Zimbabwe on
the orders of the England & Wales Cricket Board, and are meeting in a hotel
in Johannesburg to assess the situation, following the Zimbabwe government's
decision to refuse visas to 13 members of the accompanying British press
corps.

The team had been expected to fly into Harare today (Wednesday), but until
the ban on the journalists is rescinded, the tour seems set to remain in
limbo. "We're doing everything in our power to get that ban overturned,"
said the ECB's media manager, Andrew Walpole.

England's decision to stay put in South Africa followed a hint from Ehsan
Mani, the president of the ICC, that England may yet be able to cancel the
tour without incurring any financial penalty.

"This has caused great concern for us and come out of the blue," Mani told
BBC Radio Five Live. "It is not something that is covered in our protocols."
Mani added that the decision to go ahead with the tour still rested with the
ECB, but that no individual player would be punished if he chose to
withdraw.

Mani did, however, make plain the ICC's displeasure with the Zimbabwean
government and, by admitting his sympathy for the ECB's predicament, he
appeared to be hinting at a softening of attitude towards England's stance.
"We have a huge amount of sympathy for the ECB," he said, "[after] the way
this matter has been handled by the government in Zimbabwe."

Meanwhile, the British government have begun to be involved. Denis MacShane,
a Foreign Office minister and a former journalist himself, summoned the
Zimbabwean Charge d'Affaires in London to express Britain's "deep concern
that the government of Zimbabwe has denied access to British journalists
covering the England cricket tour of Zimbabwe."

He told reporters: "Our Embassy in Harare is also making representations. As
a former sports journalist, I would like to underline my view that this is a
reprehensible step. The UK has long been an advocate of media freedom in
Zimbabwe. This applies as much to sports journalism as any other kind.

"The government of Zimbabwe's actions are further evidence of its refusal to
allow the international and domestic media to operate freely in Zimbabwe. I
will urge the government of Zimbabwe to allow access to all British
journalists who have sought access to Zimbabwe to cover the tour."

The ECB itself was taking nothing for granted, however. "I expect the tour
to proceed despite the unfortunate situation regarding media accreditation,"
said David Morgan, their chairman. "It's unfortunate and embarrassing and
something that we will be pursuing on arrival there with the chairman of
Zimbabwe Cricket."

Nevertheless, the ECB did confirm they had asked the ICC if the visas issue
was sufficient reason to cancel the tour. Thir*** journalists, including
those from The Times, The Daily Telegraph and the BBC, were among those
denied entry into Zimbabwe.

? Wisden Cricinfo Ltd

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England cancel flight to Zimbabwe

Post by max. » Fri, 26 Nov 2004 07:20:54


Quote:
>I think, it is time to give a strong signal to Zimbabwe authorities that the
>cricketing community will not tolerate the offensive attitude displayed by
>them. Though cricket is only a game and should not be used as a tool to
>exert pressure on domestic political issues(which are not similar to
>apartheid btw), they rejection of visas of sports journalist to cover the
>tour is an indication that they have crossed the line. Time to call off the
>tour IMO.

>Ananda

I had a crafty laugh when I read the news.
Ian Callander (Belfast Telegraph, and Belfast Newsletter) wasn't on the list.

It is a cheap shot by Zimbabwe, but it is a good one from the Mugabe point of view.
We would all like to see Zimbabwe play England in good faith under better circumstances.

With the flannel surrounding the tour it seems now that if England don't play, they will
not play because of a dispute over someone elses visa.

There are morals and emotions and feelings at stake, but the Zim guys are holding
their refusal reasons close to their chests.
So when they sue the ECB for not touring,
they can do so knowing full well that not granting a visa to someone who is not a player
or part of the team setup, will not be a good reason for England not to play or I should
say for ECB to pull the no tour pin.
That's how it might sound in the litigation court.
In short Mugabe is goading the ECB, he knows that principles can be costly.

The ICC have stained their whites at this news, they all thought it would be tricky
England would play and things might look better for tests in the future.

Murphy's law: everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

My own opinion was always ask the players for a show of hands, and suffer
the fines for not fielding a team if you can't get 11 victims to play.
A super chance to tryout some young players (if you have to play) that's what
CZ done.

max.it

 
 
 

England cancel flight to Zimbabwe

Post by Jim Bran » Fri, 26 Nov 2004 20:09:18


Quote:

> >I think, it is time to give a strong signal to Zimbabwe authorities that
the
> >cricketing community will not tolerate the offensive attitude displayed
by
> >them. Though cricket is only a game and should not be used as a tool to
> >exert pressure on domestic political issues(which are not similar to
> >apartheid btw), they rejection of visas of sports journalist to cover the
> >tour is an indication that they have crossed the line. Time to call off
the
> >tour IMO.

> I had a crafty laugh when I read the news.
> Ian Callander (Belfast Telegraph, and Belfast Newsletter) wasn't on the
list.

> It is a cheap shot by Zimbabwe, but it is a good one from the Mugabe point
of view.
> We would all like to see Zimbabwe play England in good faith under better
circumstances.

It is just being reported that Zim has reversed its original bans, which is
I guess exactly what England and the great majority of their supporters
didn't want to happen. This misbegotten tour will presumably have to go
ahead now.

Jim

 
 
 

England cancel flight to Zimbabwe

Post by Ananda Wijepal » Fri, 26 Nov 2004 20:34:07


Quote:

> >I think, it is time to give a strong signal to Zimbabwe authorities that
the
> >cricketing community will not tolerate the offensive attitude displayed
by
> >them. Though cricket is only a game and should not be used as a tool to
> >exert pressure on domestic political issues(which are not similar to
> >apartheid btw), they rejection of visas of sports journalist to cover the
> >tour is an indication that they have crossed the line. Time to call off
the
> >tour IMO.

> >Ananda

> I had a crafty laugh when I read the news.
> Ian Callander (Belfast Telegraph, and Belfast Newsletter) wasn't on the
list.

> It is a cheap shot by Zimbabwe, but it is a good one from the Mugabe point
of view.
> We would all like to see Zimbabwe play England in good faith under better
circumstances.

> With the flannel surrounding the tour it seems now that if England don't
play, they will
> not play because of a dispute over someone elses visa.

It may sound silly. But the next step by Zimbabwe authorities would be to
deny entry to some players or officials. Before that happens, I think, the
ICC should pull the plug.

Ananda

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England cancel flight to Zimbabwe

Post by max. » Fri, 26 Nov 2004 22:59:27


Quote:




>> >I think, it is time to give a strong signal to Zimbabwe authorities that
>the
>> >cricketing community will not tolerate the offensive attitude displayed
>by
>> >them. Though cricket is only a game and should not be used as a tool to
>> >exert pressure on domestic political issues(which are not similar to
>> >apartheid btw), they rejection of visas of sports journalist to cover the
>> >tour is an indication that they have crossed the line. Time to call off
>the
>> >tour IMO.

>> I had a crafty laugh when I read the news.
>> Ian Callander (Belfast Telegraph, and Belfast Newsletter) wasn't on the
>list.

>> It is a cheap shot by Zimbabwe, but it is a good one from the Mugabe point
>of view.
>> We would all like to see Zimbabwe play England in good faith under better
>circumstances.

>It is just being reported that Zim has reversed its original bans, which is
>I guess exactly what England and the great majority of their supporters
>didn't want to happen. This misbegotten tour will presumably have to go
>ahead now.

>Jim

All part of the Zimbabwe build up, wind up the opposition
so they can't tell if they are punched or bored.
They could let the media in and detain them so they miss the match.
That way they can have England playing and the media not reporting.

There is a big shortage in the trust department.

max.it

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England cancel flight to Zimbabwe

Post by Gerrit 't Har » Fri, 26 Nov 2004 23:20:43


SNIP

Quote:
> domestic political issues(which are not similar to
> apartheid btw)

Please explain.
 
 
 

England cancel flight to Zimbabwe

Post by Paul Robso » Sat, 27 Nov 2004 17:39:06

Quote:

> All part of the Zimbabwe build up, wind up the opposition
> so they can't tell if they are punched or bored.
> They could let the media in and detain them so they miss the match.
> That way they can have England playing and the media not reporting.

> There is a big shortage in the trust department.

This may well happen. If it does Eng. will hopefully refuse to play.