August 11, 2012

Zimbabwe cricket

Zimbabwe's Test journey, 20 years on

Abhishek Mukherjee

It has been 20 years since Zimbabwe were extended Test status. Mike O'Donnell, writing for the Guardian, traces Zimbabwe cricket journey since, and the rebuilding process following the black armband protest in 2003. He analyses whether Zimbabwe cricket's in good hands going ahead.

Since 1992, most international cricketers have largely been able to focus purely on their game. Where South Africa has a cricketing pedigree which now spans 124 years to fall back on, as well as a sport-mad public to support, cricket in Zimbabwe has struggled to impact at a time where there are bigger issues present. The overriding issue is, of course, the one which led to Zimbabwe Cricket's most renowned moment; the black armband protest made by Andy Flower and Henry Olonga to mourn the death of democracy in their country.

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