July 25, 2008

ICC

The Zimbabwe issue still lingers

Kanishkaa Balachandran

That the Champions Trophy has been given the go-ahead in Pakistan and Chingoka had a vote is a disgrace, writes Mike Selvey in the Guardian.

Zimbabwe, a country effectively outlawed from international participation, and one not involved in the eight-team Champions Trophy even if it were not, has retained an equal say on matters as the other nine countries. As it happens, a non-vote from them would have made no difference. So England will trawl the country looking for willing participants, but will force no one to go against their wishes, and may even risk a fine of $10m by sending no side at all.

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