Zimbabwe v New Zealand, 2010 March 15, 2010

New Zealand pull out of Zimbabwe tour

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand want to postpone their already rearranged tour of Zimbabwe until 2011 or play it in a neutral venue due to the security situation in the African country. The side was due to tour last year but rescheduled the trip for June 2010 and Justin Vaughan, New Zealand's chief executive, said the situation had not improved.

"It is clear from our recent discussions that the government's assessment of the security situation in Zimbabwe has not changed from that of a year ago, when the scheduled tour was postponed," Vaughan said.

He has told Zimbabwe Cricket of the decision and asked for the matches to be postponed again. "We have a possible window for the rescheduling of the tour next year in May/June," Vaughan said. "The other option is that we look at playing the scheduled tour in a neutral venue."

The prime minister John Key said the main concern was for player safety. "They are the major issues when we last looked at this issue about a year ago," he said.

Key said although some progress appeared to have been made in the political situation in Zimbabwe, there were still concerns. New Zealand last toured Zimbabwe in 2005 for two Tests and a one-day tri-series.

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  • Sam on March 22, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Zim is safer than NZ! One wonders where kiwis get their information from. For God's sake someone in NZ pick up a phone and speak to the USA embassy in Zim. Come n beat zim cricket team if u can and not lie about security.

  • Tabs on March 21, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    "the Kiwis are peace loving people"as are the ordinary Zimbabweans. So your solution is to stop the tour ?Please who needs New Zealand anyway?Sick of all this phony sitting on some pedestal judging other countries and folks like you're freaking amazing. Please !!Stay away from Zimbabwe, other countries like India , Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh will tour.

  • Minhaj on March 16, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    The Kiwis are peace loving people and it is their right not to go to Zimbabwe due to security reasons. Can't they arrange matches in Tahiti, Samoa, Iceland, Greenland or even Mongolia as neutral venues?

  • Morgan on March 16, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    WHY is everyone claiming racist acts, and politcal agendas... the fact of the matter is that people dont feel safe in that country, as stated earlier NZ is a peaceful country, and our head man of cricket is saying the players dont feel safe in this country, its like when Fiji had George Speight try to take over, we dont want to get involved in any other countries agenda, even if that means not sending sporting representatives to a country.

  • ankur on March 16, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    anyhow new-zealand,english and aussie players are the most security-phobic sporting countries in the world..... even a fire-cracker near the stadium or venue stadium makes them sit-up and take notice....

  • takudzwa on March 16, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    i will boldy state crime rates in the new zealand capital are higher than in harare. i left there in 2008 and to be honest all the violence and noise has ended and it never did affect the capital.police in zim are not intimidating at all,was there 4 my holiday in december...how many guys came down 4rm the uk even ian harvey was playing domestic cricket in zim..u should ask them i they have ever felt unsafe...looking at these facts people will claim rascism because we cant find a logical reason 2 support claims of safety fears.im not saying new zealanders are rascst but if they protesting mugabes rule they should come out in the open and say so...we will suppoert and understand that bt not all this noise about nothing

  • ismal on March 16, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Downright cowards.There are no bombings in Zimbabwe.This is a racial issue.NZ should be banned from all cricket as should any country which uses a flimsy excuse.

  • Andrew on March 16, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Whoever supplies the Kiwi admin with their information on security must be pretty useless. South Africa is a far, far more dangerous country with 51 murders a day and countless hijackings, rapes and the like. Zim, on the other hand has moments of very targetted political insecurity but still a fairly low crime rate and certainly nothing that would threaten the visiting team in any way. THis is just an excuse like the cholera was last time. I don't think it is a racist decision, but it is sad that NZ would fail to realise that Zimbabweans need their support and cricket is one area where genuine change is happening at last.

  • ankur on March 16, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    I think its just another way of saying that "we don't care playing against you..." with Zimbabwean cricketing levels are lower than most country's secong grade levels.......i think many countires will follow suite but by giving reasons of their own.....

  • Alan on March 16, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Why do I get the feeling that this announcement was given with a wink and a nudge? Of course we should all be concerned about the political situation in Zimbabwe, but I think that the "security fears" is just an excuse to not tour a country with a government they don't approve of- in which case, why not just say that? As far as security goes, there's undoubtedly some violence there, but I doubt that visiting cricket teams are in any real danger. I wonder how concerned they are for the New Zealand soccer team which is going to South Africa for the World Cup in a few months.

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