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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