Uganda February 8, 2008

Uganda forgives absconding players

The Ugandan government has forgiven the two cricketers who vanished in Australia when they went there to play cricket last year.

The Ugandan government has forgiven the two cricketers who vanished in Australia when they went there to play cricket last year.

Jimmy Okello and Patrick Ochan went AWOL after the ICC World Cricket League last June and surfaced claiming political asylum because of persecution. They were subsequently banned for life by Uganda.

James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics and integrity, said they were forgiven because it had been realised persecuting them would make them suffer. "We are no longer interested in them being arrested by Interpol to be brought back. They can stay in Australia if they so wish."

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • Ravi kumar on February 12, 2008, 17:13 GMT

    I dont think players no matter what sport should do this dirty thing of seeking asylum in countries where they want to settle somehow in the near future. In cricket England and Australia are the only two countries which are likely to have more asylum seekers from the African nations sans South Africa. It would be boring in this competitive sport if players use cricket tournaments as seeking refuge in a country they get to actually play. How frustrating it would be if in future all players of a particular club or country seek refuge to live in that particular country instead of applying through regular sources to settle in that country. There are rules and regulations set up for each nation. In case they are so wanting to settle let them go in a more naive or authentic manner so that it looks good. Doing such nasty things in sports is not good. It would be unwise for players who want to be professionals in future to actually repeat such acts of inhumane nature. Why live then?

  • Ravi kumar on February 12, 2008, 17:13 GMT

    I dont think players no matter what sport should do this dirty thing of seeking asylum in countries where they want to settle somehow in the near future. In cricket England and Australia are the only two countries which are likely to have more asylum seekers from the African nations sans South Africa. It would be boring in this competitive sport if players use cricket tournaments as seeking refuge in a country they get to actually play. How frustrating it would be if in future all players of a particular club or country seek refuge to live in that particular country instead of applying through regular sources to settle in that country. There are rules and regulations set up for each nation. In case they are so wanting to settle let them go in a more naive or authentic manner so that it looks good. Doing such nasty things in sports is not good. It would be unwise for players who want to be professionals in future to actually repeat such acts of inhumane nature. Why live then?

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  • Ravi kumar on February 12, 2008, 17:13 GMT

    I dont think players no matter what sport should do this dirty thing of seeking asylum in countries where they want to settle somehow in the near future. In cricket England and Australia are the only two countries which are likely to have more asylum seekers from the African nations sans South Africa. It would be boring in this competitive sport if players use cricket tournaments as seeking refuge in a country they get to actually play. How frustrating it would be if in future all players of a particular club or country seek refuge to live in that particular country instead of applying through regular sources to settle in that country. There are rules and regulations set up for each nation. In case they are so wanting to settle let them go in a more naive or authentic manner so that it looks good. Doing such nasty things in sports is not good. It would be unwise for players who want to be professionals in future to actually repeat such acts of inhumane nature. Why live then?