Zimbabwe v New Zealand, 2010 March 15, 2010

New Zealand pull out of Zimbabwe tour

Cricinfo staff
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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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  • AnotherFlowerFan 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.

  • 4evaZim 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.

  • sabina2009 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?

  • Rukus_NZ 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.

  • Gupta.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....

  • chigibenz 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

  • zoomboy 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.

  • Nduru 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.

  • Gupta.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 James Sanders 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.

  • AnotherFlowerFan 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.

  • 4evaZim 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.

  • sabina2009 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?

  • Rukus_NZ 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.

  • Gupta.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....

  • chigibenz 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

  • zoomboy 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.

  • Nduru 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.

  • Gupta.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 James Sanders 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.

  • robotiger on March 16, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    Great to see that cricinfo is frequented by such astute geo-political experts... Anyway, not touring Zimbabwe is undoubtedly a political decision, rather than security. It would probably be political suicide for any NZ government to endorse a tour like that after what happened in NZ re: 1981 apartheid protests. But those who say that NZ have no concerns touring Pakistan, India... um, NZ hasn't played tests in Pakistan since 2002 and India since 2003/4. In the case of Pakistan, these have definately been security concerns, and the last series played between the two countries in NZ was actually a 'home' series for Pakistan.

  • Gareth_Griffis on March 15, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Why is it that as soon as anything happens anywhere in cricket, everyone claims racism is behind it? I am getting sick of it. There are too many of you commenters who just seem to immediately claim racism, or bias. Stop the hate. New Zealanders (mostly) are not racist. Don't try and say we don't want to go to Zimbabwe because we hate black people. Or that we don't want to go to Pakistan because we hate Pakistani people. You have to understand that New Zealand is a very safe country. We don't have wars, we don't have terrorism. Our police don't even carry guns.

    Maybe Zimbabwe is safer than Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The difference is, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have insurgents which are the problem and are uncontrollable, in Zimbabwe the government are the problem and they are in control. Politics and sport should most definitely mix. South Africa persecuted black people and they were banned from cricket. Zimbabwe persecuted white people and they should be banned too.

  • Masocha on March 15, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    I say Zim cuts all cricket ties with Cricket New Zealand. Frankly we won't be missing much as those ties have been nonexistant for about four years now. At least we have our pride rather than being pushed around and dictated to.

    If drawn against them in the Twenty20 World Cup we must forfeit the bloody match!

  • Kurapati on March 15, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    @ Haussen, Why the hell in world you bring India in between. Do you really think that it's not safe in India. Look at the security levels they put in for any sports. I am not against Zim situation but pointing at India comparing to PAKI is the worse scenario. I am commenting on this after going thru all the security measures Indian Govt and board take for their events in India. Just because of NZ not taking a decision to come over and play in Zim, that doesn't mean any other country is not safe to play cricket. Watch your words and post it. Thanks

  • GoBlackCaps on March 15, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I'm from NZ and some of the comments above are outrageous. How can you say New Zealanders are racist, this is serously untrue amd quite sad. Being racist and being concerned about lives are two different things. You have to understand the NZ point if view - we come from a small and peacful country, where even the Police don't carry guns! In the past NZ teams have been caught up in a couple of bomb blasts - and I can say that I'd rather the boys be safe than play, what is in the end, a GAME!

  • AndyFlowerFan on March 15, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    this just stinks, India and Pakistan are more dangerous than Zimbabwe, i was in Zimabwe last month is was great, guess there is one rule for others and one rule for the Ango Saxon countries, i hope the ICC fine them

  • chigibenz on March 15, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    mugabe is on his way out..the situation in zim is improving daily on the food and economic front.. iv never been in a safer country than zimbabwe.. let cricket be played and drop the racsist banter under the security mask

  • CricketingStargazer on March 15, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    " think its all political , countries play in pakistan were bombs go off anytime any how, and Zimbabwe not a single bomb even crime is low compared to south africa ...its all politics can u separate your hate for the president of the nation from the sport please..."

    Did you say the same about the sporting boycott of South Africa? What happened to "no normal sport in an abnormal society"?

  • Haussen on March 15, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    I am from Zimbabwe and to say that NZ players fear for their lives is just ludicrous and downright silly and infuriating!! Waaaaay safer than India and Sri Lanka.

  • on March 15, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    crazy the way those kiwis think about Zimbabwe, ever since the political problems starded in Zim 10yrs ago not 1 sportman have been assulted not one tourists has been assulted, countries have toured in diff sporting disciplines. vaughn and are putting politics into sport sad............. sad............. sad.......... sad.......... sad......

  • Lakpj on March 15, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    seriously I can't c any potential security threat over there, it is not like in Pak where few bombs explode every week.last year they went to Sri Lanka, just 3,4 months after the end of the war. this seems v strange.

  • SettingSun on March 15, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Funny, the large number of overseas players that have played in Zimbabwe during their domestic season didn't seem to have any problems with the security situation there.

  • joyking on March 15, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    i would suggest India go play a 7 match one day series and win it by 4 -3 margin. and a 2 match T20 series with 1-1 score. On the way they can also play cricket with Bermuda and East Africa. After the one day and T 20 assignment with Zim, play with srilanka a tri series with Zim as the host nation. Each team playing each other thrice in the prelims, a semi final and a final

  • on March 15, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    The rascist elements in cricket come out in the open. That will not kill the game in Zim. Funny the situation in 2005 was far worse than what it is now in 2010. Seriously New Zealand just come out in the open and say what the real resons are.

  • 5860733 on March 15, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    IT IS A PRETTY GOOD DECISION FOR NEWZEALAND CRICKET TEAM BECAUSE NOTHING IS IMPORTANT THAN THEIR LIVES...............

  • L.Pearce on March 15, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    dont alienate ZIM they cant continue to host KENYA and BDESH without serious competition at home. and like NZ wouldnt like to think they could get a few wins on the board for themselves. the ICC could also show some initiative by filling the gap with another test nation. a may/june tour could easily accommodate any of SL, IND, PAK or WI even AUS or ENG if politicians the world over pull their fingers when it comes to these sorts of issues.

  • Davec on March 15, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Does Bob Mugabe get paid out for this?

    Seems like win-win for him

  • on March 15, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    i think its all political , countries play in pakistan were bombs go off anytime any how, and Zimbabwe not a single bomb even crime is low compared to south africa ...its all politics can u separate your hate for the president of the nation from the sport please...

  • on March 15, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    oh.. this is going to impact ZIM cricket in a big way :(((

  • on March 15, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    New Zealand is being unreasonable. There are problems in Zimbabwe but this is a safe country safer than even some countries New Zealand is willing to tour like India and Sri Lanka. they should just put it in black and white that they dont want to play with Zimbabwe instead of this dilly dallying

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  • on March 15, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    New Zealand is being unreasonable. There are problems in Zimbabwe but this is a safe country safer than even some countries New Zealand is willing to tour like India and Sri Lanka. they should just put it in black and white that they dont want to play with Zimbabwe instead of this dilly dallying

  • on March 15, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    oh.. this is going to impact ZIM cricket in a big way :(((

  • on March 15, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    i think its all political , countries play in pakistan were bombs go off anytime any how, and Zimbabwe not a single bomb even crime is low compared to south africa ...its all politics can u separate your hate for the president of the nation from the sport please...

  • Davec on March 15, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Does Bob Mugabe get paid out for this?

    Seems like win-win for him

  • L.Pearce on March 15, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    dont alienate ZIM they cant continue to host KENYA and BDESH without serious competition at home. and like NZ wouldnt like to think they could get a few wins on the board for themselves. the ICC could also show some initiative by filling the gap with another test nation. a may/june tour could easily accommodate any of SL, IND, PAK or WI even AUS or ENG if politicians the world over pull their fingers when it comes to these sorts of issues.

  • 5860733 on March 15, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    IT IS A PRETTY GOOD DECISION FOR NEWZEALAND CRICKET TEAM BECAUSE NOTHING IS IMPORTANT THAN THEIR LIVES...............

  • on March 15, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    The rascist elements in cricket come out in the open. That will not kill the game in Zim. Funny the situation in 2005 was far worse than what it is now in 2010. Seriously New Zealand just come out in the open and say what the real resons are.

  • joyking on March 15, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    i would suggest India go play a 7 match one day series and win it by 4 -3 margin. and a 2 match T20 series with 1-1 score. On the way they can also play cricket with Bermuda and East Africa. After the one day and T 20 assignment with Zim, play with srilanka a tri series with Zim as the host nation. Each team playing each other thrice in the prelims, a semi final and a final

  • SettingSun on March 15, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Funny, the large number of overseas players that have played in Zimbabwe during their domestic season didn't seem to have any problems with the security situation there.

  • Lakpj on March 15, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    seriously I can't c any potential security threat over there, it is not like in Pak where few bombs explode every week.last year they went to Sri Lanka, just 3,4 months after the end of the war. this seems v strange.