ICC Intercontinental Cup 2010 September 24, 2010

Zimbabwe offer to forfeit Intercontinental Cup game

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Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has offered to forfeit Zimbabwe XI's ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Scotland, and consequently the chance for a place in the final, after Cricket Scotland reversed its decision to send a team to Zimbabwe in October following advice from the Scottish government against visiting the country. The proposal, if approved by the ICC, will result in Scotland gaining full points from the match and qualifying for the final.

Zimbabwe XI are currently second in the league, with 72 points, while Scotland are third with 69. They are the only two teams with a chance of sealing a spot in the final against Afghanistan, who are first with 77 points, in Dubai.

The match was initially scheduled to be held at a neutral African venue before the Scottish board agreed to a proposal to play in Zimbabwe, but a change in the British government's policy led to the decision not to tour. ZC refused to shift their home match to a neutral venue, pointing out that they had not pushed for the match to be held in Zimbabwe, and the venue was decided by the ICC.

"While Scotland's decision not to tour has been attributed to political considerations, we as Zimbabwe Cricket are not qualified to comment on matters political of any country, nor would we want to base the future of the game of cricket on political directives," Ozias Bvute, ZC's managing director, said in a statement. "As such Zimbabwe has no dispute with either Cricket Scotland or the ICC. Instead, we seek only a solution that will ultimately allow for fair participation by all.

"The Associate Member countries use this and other competitions to benchmark and track their progress, which is important to them," he said. "To this end we feel that the Intercontinental Cup is a significant competition in Scotland's development and therefore important that it gets the full benefits associated with playing in it."

ZC said that it had informed the ICC's Events Technical Committee of its position and a decision would be taken on September 27.

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  • Acton49 on September 30, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    It is strange that Scotland a minnow in this competition dictating where they would play. Why is it England, Australia, New Zealand refuse to go to Zimbabwe, they are the cause of the split we see in the world cricket. Scotland being the poodle of England and not having a mind of their of own, would take dictation from their BIG BROTHER - England. India is no better then the other three and ICC is just a puching bag of the the three nation England, Australia and India. What I would like to see is that West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh form an alliance and close door to ICC, England, Australia and India. These four entities make political decisions based on their Government's policies. Dont tell me ICC is a democratic institution, it cannot resolve the differnce between ICL and IPL to start with. Then pandering to the whims of India, followed by ostracising Zimbabwe.

  • on September 29, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    I am really disappointed with the Scots/ECB/ICC. Can't they see that boycotting Zimbabwe has made NO difference to the political situation? Please, let's help Zimbabwe cricket continue to develop by having regular tours by 'A' sides and also some of the stronger 2nd tier nations. The Intercontinental Cup is the perfect way for Zimbabwe to develop their 2nd level talent as they prepare to re-enter the test area...

  • on September 27, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    ghhhhhhhhhhhhhghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • L.Pearce on September 27, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Good on ZIM for their proposal. having been ostricised by world cricket for years they still have the dignity and self respect within to express such desires. countries like AUS ENG NZ should sit back and have a long hard look at themselves and take inspiration from ZIM and wake up because the so called world powers of cricket demonstrate no such behaviour to deserve the accolades and repetitively unnecessary glorification which they receive. NZ have made minor progression and sorry for mentioning them in the same disgust as AUS and ENG who both really need a reality check, it is they who should be labelled politically unstable etc etc , i have lived in AUS all my life which i have no choice in the matter at least not for another 9 months and i have had enough of the pollitically socio-economic demographic society of this so called democracy. so on so worth enough with the negative congrats for ZIM its all about ZIM cricket and viva a positive ZIM.

  • on September 26, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    How sad to see a good tournament being undermined by Politics, including even more ineptitude on the part of the ICC, an organisation not fit for purpose, which has ridiculous policies on virtually anything including not allowing bicycles into international stadiums (who actually sat down to work that one out) but is utterly hopeless on dealing with anything meaningful.

  • tfjones1978 on September 26, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    @ChrisH, you statements are incorrect. If the matches had a 5th day then Zimb vs Ireland would have been close (26 lead, 6 wickets left), Zimb vs Afgan would have been close (160 needed with 6 wickets), Ireland vs Kenya would have been close (50 needed with 2 wickets), Ireland vs Scotland would have been Ireland win (230 needed with 5 wickets).

    A 5th day match would have made things more interesting. Zimb, Afgan & Ireland were the 3 strongest teams and all 3 would have come close to getting into the final.

    Zimb played strong players with some of their best players in the stronger matches being "suspended" from the "full team" but played in Zimb XI.

    Zimb should be a test team, but so should Afgan and Ireland immediately with the other 8 ICup/IShield teams promoted over next 5-10 years.

    If you look at performance, Bang, Zimb, Afgan & Ireland are all close on ability, with the more established teams playing more regularly against the best.

  • on September 26, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Come on folks, look a little deeper at the motives for the ICC moving the game to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe cricket didn't ask for the game to be moved, the ICC did it without consulting anyone. They did it because they thought the UK government wouldn't bother about Scotland playing in Zimbabwe, because it's fairly unimportant to most of the UK public (most people here havent even heard about this argument, it hasn't featured on national news once). The ICC obviously thought that if Scotland came they could then use it as a stick to beat England with. They've had their bluff called by both Scotland and Zimbabwe.

    Also, can I say fair play to Zimbabwe for making this gesture, the Intercontinental competition means nothing to them, but it means a lot to the associates, and this move is absolutely the right thing for them to have done.

    P.S. Zim were in a losing position against Afghanistan by the way :-)

  • Mike1155 on September 26, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Certainly a surprisingly brave and noble gesture. If I were Scotland I wouldn´t accept Zim´s offer.

  • dzidzai on September 25, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Hypothetically speaking. If England meets Zimbabwe in a world cup final. Will the Brits boycott? If they do, we will most graciously accept the title of world champions. 'a bully in the playground goes around calling other kids fat'.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on September 25, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    @tommy67. Zimabwe Xi would win the scotland match or will be with huge 1st innings lead. Scotland is a surprise to be in top 3 here. Ireland is 10 times better than scotland. Also Sotland was no match for Afganistan. Please remember Zim XI have not even fielded a consistent Zim XI. It is not even their 2nd string but third string. Such is the depth and quality of Zimbabwe w.r.t to Associates. Just have a look at their Fist class and domestic structure and you will notice how professionally they have again organised. If Zimbabwe is stable it is a Test match material in cricket.No doubt.We need Ireland also as Test nation.

  • Acton49 on September 30, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    It is strange that Scotland a minnow in this competition dictating where they would play. Why is it England, Australia, New Zealand refuse to go to Zimbabwe, they are the cause of the split we see in the world cricket. Scotland being the poodle of England and not having a mind of their of own, would take dictation from their BIG BROTHER - England. India is no better then the other three and ICC is just a puching bag of the the three nation England, Australia and India. What I would like to see is that West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh form an alliance and close door to ICC, England, Australia and India. These four entities make political decisions based on their Government's policies. Dont tell me ICC is a democratic institution, it cannot resolve the differnce between ICL and IPL to start with. Then pandering to the whims of India, followed by ostracising Zimbabwe.

  • on September 29, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    I am really disappointed with the Scots/ECB/ICC. Can't they see that boycotting Zimbabwe has made NO difference to the political situation? Please, let's help Zimbabwe cricket continue to develop by having regular tours by 'A' sides and also some of the stronger 2nd tier nations. The Intercontinental Cup is the perfect way for Zimbabwe to develop their 2nd level talent as they prepare to re-enter the test area...

  • on September 27, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    ghhhhhhhhhhhhhghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • L.Pearce on September 27, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Good on ZIM for their proposal. having been ostricised by world cricket for years they still have the dignity and self respect within to express such desires. countries like AUS ENG NZ should sit back and have a long hard look at themselves and take inspiration from ZIM and wake up because the so called world powers of cricket demonstrate no such behaviour to deserve the accolades and repetitively unnecessary glorification which they receive. NZ have made minor progression and sorry for mentioning them in the same disgust as AUS and ENG who both really need a reality check, it is they who should be labelled politically unstable etc etc , i have lived in AUS all my life which i have no choice in the matter at least not for another 9 months and i have had enough of the pollitically socio-economic demographic society of this so called democracy. so on so worth enough with the negative congrats for ZIM its all about ZIM cricket and viva a positive ZIM.

  • on September 26, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    How sad to see a good tournament being undermined by Politics, including even more ineptitude on the part of the ICC, an organisation not fit for purpose, which has ridiculous policies on virtually anything including not allowing bicycles into international stadiums (who actually sat down to work that one out) but is utterly hopeless on dealing with anything meaningful.

  • tfjones1978 on September 26, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    @ChrisH, you statements are incorrect. If the matches had a 5th day then Zimb vs Ireland would have been close (26 lead, 6 wickets left), Zimb vs Afgan would have been close (160 needed with 6 wickets), Ireland vs Kenya would have been close (50 needed with 2 wickets), Ireland vs Scotland would have been Ireland win (230 needed with 5 wickets).

    A 5th day match would have made things more interesting. Zimb, Afgan & Ireland were the 3 strongest teams and all 3 would have come close to getting into the final.

    Zimb played strong players with some of their best players in the stronger matches being "suspended" from the "full team" but played in Zimb XI.

    Zimb should be a test team, but so should Afgan and Ireland immediately with the other 8 ICup/IShield teams promoted over next 5-10 years.

    If you look at performance, Bang, Zimb, Afgan & Ireland are all close on ability, with the more established teams playing more regularly against the best.

  • on September 26, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Come on folks, look a little deeper at the motives for the ICC moving the game to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe cricket didn't ask for the game to be moved, the ICC did it without consulting anyone. They did it because they thought the UK government wouldn't bother about Scotland playing in Zimbabwe, because it's fairly unimportant to most of the UK public (most people here havent even heard about this argument, it hasn't featured on national news once). The ICC obviously thought that if Scotland came they could then use it as a stick to beat England with. They've had their bluff called by both Scotland and Zimbabwe.

    Also, can I say fair play to Zimbabwe for making this gesture, the Intercontinental competition means nothing to them, but it means a lot to the associates, and this move is absolutely the right thing for them to have done.

    P.S. Zim were in a losing position against Afghanistan by the way :-)

  • Mike1155 on September 26, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Certainly a surprisingly brave and noble gesture. If I were Scotland I wouldn´t accept Zim´s offer.

  • dzidzai on September 25, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Hypothetically speaking. If England meets Zimbabwe in a world cup final. Will the Brits boycott? If they do, we will most graciously accept the title of world champions. 'a bully in the playground goes around calling other kids fat'.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on September 25, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    @tommy67. Zimabwe Xi would win the scotland match or will be with huge 1st innings lead. Scotland is a surprise to be in top 3 here. Ireland is 10 times better than scotland. Also Sotland was no match for Afganistan. Please remember Zim XI have not even fielded a consistent Zim XI. It is not even their 2nd string but third string. Such is the depth and quality of Zimbabwe w.r.t to Associates. Just have a look at their Fist class and domestic structure and you will notice how professionally they have again organised. If Zimbabwe is stable it is a Test match material in cricket.No doubt.We need Ireland also as Test nation.

  • ChrisH on September 25, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    @tommyt67,

    Sure a high scoring draw might take Scotland through anyway, but it depends on who comes out with first innings points. With Zimbabwe on 72 and Scotland on 69, the Scotsmen would definitely need 9 points from a draw (to get 78) to overhaul a potential Zim XI with 75 (72 + 3 from a draw). Given the Zim XI's performance in the competition thus far the edge would probably be with them to either win or take a first innings lead. I also highly doubt the ICC would disqualify both Scotland and the Zim XI to give Ireland a shot - that kind of underhandness would probably earn even more associate and affiliate ire in addition to the decision to reduce the world cup to 10 teams and shaft Namibia (the table topper at the end of the league stage in the last I-Cup) by demoting them to the I-Shield and also giving away one of their spots in an ICC competition to the USA. Suspect the ICC would just take Zim's offer since it isn't like the Zim XI really need the I-Cup for FC cricket.

  • Rex_Da_King on September 25, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    A very brave decision by Zimbabwe Cricket. I am most impressed by the strong move! Let's hope the ICC takes this example and makes some strong decisions regarding Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland, Pakistan, West Indies etc.

    The game needs a strong leadership to give it a strong direction. There's lots of talent in the associate countries like Ireland and also in the fading powers- WI and NZ, Zim etc. They must be nurtured, instead of harping so hard in trying to save Pakistan alone.

    Of course Cricket needs Pakistan but it should also work towards improving the other nations while they still can. Who will teach the WI to play Tests once Chanders, Sarwan, Gayle etc. retire?

    Come on ICC, get better- take the example of Zimbabwe Cricket Board.

  • tommyt67 on September 25, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    I think this is an excellent gesture by Zimbabwe, though I do wonder what the ICC will do now. Two points to the Scots baiters on here, first its no foregone conclusion that Zim would win, and a high scoring draw might take the Scots through anyway.Secondly, it's long been established that if your government advises you not to travel to a certain country - as is the case here - then you dont face full sanction. Also the agreement under which Scotland and the other teams entered into this competition was that Zim home games would be played at a neutral venue - that rule was changed only 2 months back (and its probably illegal to do that but lets not go there). I am disappointed that Soctland arent going as I was disappointed when England didnt travel in 2003 but player safety has to be paramount and if the UK foregin office is saying safety cannot be guaranteed I dont blame cricketers for taking that advice. I bet the ICC disqualifies them both giving Ireland the final slot.

  • K0nvict08 on September 24, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Hook Line and Sinker ........ Bravo Zimbabwe......Never have i been more proud of you than i have been now!! ZI ZI ZIMBABWE ZI ZI ZIMBABWE ZI ZI ZIMBABWE.. ZI ZI.............ZI ZI ZIMBABWE ZI ZI ZIMBABWE ZI ZI ZIMBABWE

  • K0nvict08 on September 24, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Hook Line and Sinker ........ Bravo Zimbabwe......Never have i been more proud of you than i have been now!! ZI ZI ZIMBABWE ZI ZI ZIMBABWE ZI ZI ZIMBABWE.. ZI ZI.............ZI ZI ZIMBABWE ZI ZI ZIMBABWE ZI ZI ZIMBABWE

  • taku_89 on September 24, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    Applauds to ZIM cricket...now Scotland and their British gvt are red faced!! Zimbabwe does not need to prove anything...our 2nd team has arguably been the best team amongst the associates....THEY CAN HAVE THE CUP, WE DON'T NEED IT!!

  • AndyFlowerFan on September 24, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    this just makes the Scotish look like jokers, scotland knew they would lose in Zim and they played the politics card,

    Scotland threw the first punch and now they have been given the other chick, the message from Zim here, they do not participate in the politics of division

  • jakecricfan on September 24, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Ridiculous! It is absolutely not Zim's fault. In fact, Scotland should forfeit the game, not Zimbabwe. Why should Zim miss out because Scotland refused to tour them? I support their stand on not shifting the venue out but they should instead press for full points for themselves instead of the other way around.

  • ChrisH on September 24, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    @ tfjones1978

    Please, you can't be serious. Zimbabwe's team (which has NOT been full strength for the entire I-Cup) has not lost a single match. They drew against Afghanistan and Ireland (two of best associate teams in the current I-Cup) in high scoring matches and easily beat Kenya (5 wickets), Netherlands (100+ runs) and Canada (innings and 73 runs). Had the Zim XI (which is half-way between an A-team and a full team) played Scotland the result would likely have been a draw. Zimbabwe doesn't need a break to remain a full member. Had Zim's full team played even Afghanistan & Ireland would have likely lost. I remember before the match and during the early phases lots of Irish fans were on about how Ireland were going to have an emphatic victory only for a half-way house Zim XI team to plunder over 500 runs off Ireland for the first time in Ireland's I-Cup history and only the third time in all of Ireland's history (one other time was by a Zim Pres XI in 1986 which scored 517).

  • on September 24, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Mugabe cannot stop Cricket and Cricket cannot stop Mugabe!!!! Seriously, I am shocked by Bvute's stance, impressed actually. I hope this will teach cricket people around the world not to underestimate Zimbabweans, in terms of their cricketing abilities, but mostly in terms of their thinking, appreciating and reading of stressful situation. This is a big score for Zim.

  • mhla200 on September 24, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    This is very bad, why didnt Zimbabwe offer points to IRELAND who actually travelled and played in Zim than offering these self obsessed discriminators a chance to the final, Hope the ICC doesnt approve this. Why are the British sending their team to India for the commonwealth games when there are terrorist there, no bomb has ever exploded in Zim, no one has ever taken anyone hostage in Zim, surely thissures how two faced the british Gov are, so discriminating.

  • andrew.henshaw on September 24, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Well said tfjones1978 - despite Zimbabwe's apparent 'noble intentions' this is political point scoring. Whilst I firmly believe Zimbabwe would beat Scotland and win the final - this act suggests that Zimbabwe are 'above' the Intercontinental Cup (which they are) and makes Scotland's decision look silly. If Zimbabwe wanted to play they would play in South Africa as was originally agreed to, however Zimbabwe have refused to do so.

  • AnotherFlowerFan on September 24, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    I think the problem is to do with ICC as well!! they shud not allow members to do as they please. We all know that countries that refuse to play Zim do so for no other reason except the Mugabe issue. The last few years have shown that Mugabe cannot do anything to stop Cricket - ICC should find ways of forcing members to fulfil their fixtures. I tell u Britain has set a bad example here. Going forward others will point to how Britain has treated Zim Cricket over these past few years. Its not good and its not fair

  • on September 24, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    Please zc just allow the team to travel anywhere these scots want to play this match and then teach them how to play CRICKET!

  • on September 24, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Zimbabwe taking this decision is showing the Cricketing just how RIDICULOUS Scotland Cricket and British Politics is, i actually applaud ZC for taking this high road to show the rest of the world how silly they are!

  • Namara on September 24, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    I support Mr Bvute,hw can Scotland Cricket be influenced by politicians,leave Politics to Politicians & cricket to Cricketers.The Ireland team is in Zim & played test cricket,looking fwd to 3ODI & did anything negative happen to them whilst in Zim?As a crazy cricket follower im believing Scotland is fearing a whitewash destruction by the youthful Zim Team.Cricket shld be a unifying mode so that we embrass politicians.Come on Cricket Scotland wake up ,Zim can not play in SA were there are daily robberies & murders whilst Zim z so peaceful ask Brazilian Footbal team,Akon,Sean paul,Joe Thomas,Indian cricket team etc Zim z so peaceful there is nothing to fear,for your own infmn SA is more dangerous than Zim ask the English fans who were robbed during the recent FIFA world cup in SA.I hpe u (CS) wl act az mature cricketers nt as puppets who want to be uzd by Politicians who want to score their political agenda.

  • dzidzai on September 24, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Scotland have been beaten on and off the pitch, they look like muppets right now. You should never mix politics and sport because you become unstuck. Its like saying Pakistan will not play England because the British army is in Afghanistan. They are more robberies and stabbings in the UK in a year than over a 20 year period Zimbabwe, so how can we judge if a nation is safe. I don''t recall gunmen spraying a bus with AK 47 fire in Zimbabwe. England has a Zimbabwean coach, so we can work for you! but we can't play for you. The world is changing and if you don't change you will become modern day dinosaurs

  • on September 24, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    I greatly support what has been done by ZC and they should stand by it, there is no need for a neutral venue, there is no war or any threat whatsoever in Zimbabwe. Why wont the British government stop spilling their political nonsense into the game of cricket. That is just immature on the part of the British!! They pretend as if they want to see the Zimbabwe team get back on its feet and at the same time they are doing this, showing there true colours i guess.. "as the British government have banned Zimbabwe from touring England in 2009" seems there is more to it than just the game of cricket.

  • on September 24, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    cant they play in kenya or namibia or sumwr els??

  • gracegift on September 24, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    i agree that there are rules for politicos the world over to follow. when will they ever use their common sense? surely this is a golden opportunity to build bridges! set an example to the young and impressionable kids! don't tell me that no scotsperson is ever allowed to travel to zim! Ridiculous!!!

  • Philip_Gnana on September 24, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    With more and more cricket being played in Zimbabwe and the invitation to those who left Zimbabwe cricket to return, has the UK Government taken all things in to consideration or is it that the decision is based on events gone before and on the present situation? If this is the case the ICC has to make relevant representation and recommendations to the UK Governement so that the right decision based on cricketing requirements and not political ambitions and reasons is made. Zimbabwe Cricket has suffered enough and the authorities have paid a big prize. Scotland Cricket has everything to gain so they do not have to raise the point in issue. Sad day for cricket. Bungling bureaucrats I would say....It is not cricket to deprive Zimbabwe of their cricket. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • tfjones1978 on September 24, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Thats nice of Zimb to do that. But can anyone remember the discussions 18 months ago? Zimb didnt want to field a team in ICup but ICC pressured them to. They wanted to field a Zimb A team, but ICC said no, and that the result of the series would affect their future test & full membership.

    By playing the match, Zimb are risking two things (1) Missing out on the finals and (2) Lossing in the final. By not playing they have an excuss as to why they didnt win the ICup "political reasons".

    This sounds like a stunt by Zimb to ensure that they remain a full member when other teams (like Ireland, Afgan & Scotland) remain an associate country.

    What a break Zimb has gotten!

  • on September 24, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Ok, this I don't understand. The team gets into the final and now ZC admin want them to forfeit the game because of what? It's not their fault Scotland refused to play in Zim. And how is this fair play? We're trying to rebuild a team here and if the said team performs, do they need to be torn down again? Can we stop being so "nice" and learn to take care of our own first!

  • on September 24, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Its very nice of ZC to do this but I'm sure there are other alternatives to this.

  • seansie78 on September 24, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Now if that is not the spirit of sportsmanship in desplay i dont know what else zimbabwe has to do show their pedigree not just on but also off the field! Scotland clearly have not chance of progressing should the match proceed zimbabwe quite frankly have more than sufficiently proved not just to themselves as was the point in participating, but to the rest of the world that they are better than the associate teams. politics and sport should never be mixed, it has taken this little african country to show that. I hope scotland will be gracious in their acceptance and remember who gave them the helping hand to the final!

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  • seansie78 on September 24, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Now if that is not the spirit of sportsmanship in desplay i dont know what else zimbabwe has to do show their pedigree not just on but also off the field! Scotland clearly have not chance of progressing should the match proceed zimbabwe quite frankly have more than sufficiently proved not just to themselves as was the point in participating, but to the rest of the world that they are better than the associate teams. politics and sport should never be mixed, it has taken this little african country to show that. I hope scotland will be gracious in their acceptance and remember who gave them the helping hand to the final!

  • on September 24, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Its very nice of ZC to do this but I'm sure there are other alternatives to this.

  • on September 24, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Ok, this I don't understand. The team gets into the final and now ZC admin want them to forfeit the game because of what? It's not their fault Scotland refused to play in Zim. And how is this fair play? We're trying to rebuild a team here and if the said team performs, do they need to be torn down again? Can we stop being so "nice" and learn to take care of our own first!

  • tfjones1978 on September 24, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Thats nice of Zimb to do that. But can anyone remember the discussions 18 months ago? Zimb didnt want to field a team in ICup but ICC pressured them to. They wanted to field a Zimb A team, but ICC said no, and that the result of the series would affect their future test & full membership.

    By playing the match, Zimb are risking two things (1) Missing out on the finals and (2) Lossing in the final. By not playing they have an excuss as to why they didnt win the ICup "political reasons".

    This sounds like a stunt by Zimb to ensure that they remain a full member when other teams (like Ireland, Afgan & Scotland) remain an associate country.

    What a break Zimb has gotten!

  • Philip_Gnana on September 24, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    With more and more cricket being played in Zimbabwe and the invitation to those who left Zimbabwe cricket to return, has the UK Government taken all things in to consideration or is it that the decision is based on events gone before and on the present situation? If this is the case the ICC has to make relevant representation and recommendations to the UK Governement so that the right decision based on cricketing requirements and not political ambitions and reasons is made. Zimbabwe Cricket has suffered enough and the authorities have paid a big prize. Scotland Cricket has everything to gain so they do not have to raise the point in issue. Sad day for cricket. Bungling bureaucrats I would say....It is not cricket to deprive Zimbabwe of their cricket. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • gracegift on September 24, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    i agree that there are rules for politicos the world over to follow. when will they ever use their common sense? surely this is a golden opportunity to build bridges! set an example to the young and impressionable kids! don't tell me that no scotsperson is ever allowed to travel to zim! Ridiculous!!!

  • on September 24, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    cant they play in kenya or namibia or sumwr els??

  • on September 24, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    I greatly support what has been done by ZC and they should stand by it, there is no need for a neutral venue, there is no war or any threat whatsoever in Zimbabwe. Why wont the British government stop spilling their political nonsense into the game of cricket. That is just immature on the part of the British!! They pretend as if they want to see the Zimbabwe team get back on its feet and at the same time they are doing this, showing there true colours i guess.. "as the British government have banned Zimbabwe from touring England in 2009" seems there is more to it than just the game of cricket.

  • dzidzai on September 24, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Scotland have been beaten on and off the pitch, they look like muppets right now. You should never mix politics and sport because you become unstuck. Its like saying Pakistan will not play England because the British army is in Afghanistan. They are more robberies and stabbings in the UK in a year than over a 20 year period Zimbabwe, so how can we judge if a nation is safe. I don''t recall gunmen spraying a bus with AK 47 fire in Zimbabwe. England has a Zimbabwean coach, so we can work for you! but we can't play for you. The world is changing and if you don't change you will become modern day dinosaurs

  • Namara on September 24, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    I support Mr Bvute,hw can Scotland Cricket be influenced by politicians,leave Politics to Politicians & cricket to Cricketers.The Ireland team is in Zim & played test cricket,looking fwd to 3ODI & did anything negative happen to them whilst in Zim?As a crazy cricket follower im believing Scotland is fearing a whitewash destruction by the youthful Zim Team.Cricket shld be a unifying mode so that we embrass politicians.Come on Cricket Scotland wake up ,Zim can not play in SA were there are daily robberies & murders whilst Zim z so peaceful ask Brazilian Footbal team,Akon,Sean paul,Joe Thomas,Indian cricket team etc Zim z so peaceful there is nothing to fear,for your own infmn SA is more dangerous than Zim ask the English fans who were robbed during the recent FIFA world cup in SA.I hpe u (CS) wl act az mature cricketers nt as puppets who want to be uzd by Politicians who want to score their political agenda.