Zimbabwe news January 26, 2011

Ervine pulls out of World Cup squad

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Sean Ervine has pulled out of Zimbabwe's squad for the World Cup, and will remain at Hampshire in 2011. Ervine, who had been named in both the preliminary and finalised squads for the tournament, had a change of heart shortly before the national team were due to depart for a training camp in Dubai.

"After having had time to reflect on all of the circumstances, I have realised that this is not the right time to leave Hampshire," said Ervine. "I have a great relationship with this club and its supporters and I feel like part of a family. I feel Hampshire is my home; so much so that I am planning to get married there next year. I do not, therefore, want to be away for long periods of time."

It had appeared certain that Ervine would part ways with Hampshire to reignite his international career, which he described as his "ultimate goal", but his decision not to play for Zimbabwe means he will not be considered an overseas player - a position filled by legspinner Imran Tahir at Hampshire - and will therefore be eligible to play for the county in all forms of the game in 2011. Ervine had proved a success in his six years with the club, helping the team to three trophies, scoring 3,956 first-class runs and taking 118 first class wickets in the process.

"We are very happy that Sean has come to this conclusion," said Hampshire manager Giles White. "He is an important and highly-valued cricketer who is popular with everyone associated with The Rose Bowl and central to our plans for the future."

Alistair Campbell, the head of Zimbabwe's selection panel and former national captain, expressed his disappointment at Ervine's withdrawal. "Zimbabwe Cricket was very excited about Sean coming back into the setup. However, he may not have realised that international cricket is a lot harder than he remembers," Campbell said in a ZC statement.

"He has lived a very comfortable life in county cricket for the last six years and obviously decided at the last minute he might not be up to the challenges of international cricket after all. A lot of people have gone to a lot of effort to make it happen for Sean. Although is very late in the day to change his mind, it is better than realising his mistake during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011."

ZC has approached the ICC Event Technical Committee to seek approval for batsman Tino Mawoyo to replace Ervine in the squad. An opening batsman, Mawoyo played two one-day internationals against Bangladesh in 2006 and is a regular in the Zimbabwe A line-up. He had been named as a non-travelling reserve for the World Cup before Ervine's last-minute departure. Craig Ervine, Sean's younger brother, remains part of Zimbabwe's squad.

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  • on January 29, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    I think every cricketer dream is playing worldcup for his country.

    erivine should change his decision play in world cup for ZIM.

  • pom_basher on January 28, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Pommies are just stealing cricketers from Africa.... not good...

  • on January 28, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    It's disappointing that Sean Ervine has made a last minute pull out of the World Cup

  • luvgee on January 28, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    money money money...one day u will wake up to regret that move and i do hope we have all opened our eyes...go bek we dont care but just u watch all the other lads will be rejoicing afta the world cup.go zim go

  • on January 27, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    A sad day 4 INTL cricket bt v hv 2 respect it.This shows that Zim nw have to rely on their young guns and black majority to be top 6 in cricket

    @YorkshirePudding..... u so easily suggest that he can play for ireland.Im a big supporter of associates esp.IRE and also ZIM.yes IRE needs to develop bt they shouldnt poach ZIM players just like ENG are poaching IRE players and county poaches many from NZ,IRE,NETH,SA,Zim and WIndies. Ervine shd have played this WC or he shouldnt have submitted his name and shouldnt have considered himself 4 selection.He is setting a bad precedent. Anywayz All d best 4 ervine and Zim Cricket. Zim are one of ma favorite teams and hope they win some big games with lesser known players and popularise CRICKET as No 1 sport in Zim.

  • kdcricket on January 27, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Although he is free to decide his future, yet the moment he chose to let go of Zimbabwe is a questionable one. World Cup is not the time to unsettle a team. He could have made it clear right from the beginning....this leaves a very bad taste

  • Hunsy on January 27, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    It's been on the cards for a while that Ervine could walk back into the Zimbabwe team, so if in Ervine's own words "I feel Hampshire is my home" then shame the county didn't show the same loyalty and say to him to play for his country and they'd engaged him as their overseas player! Feel for Zimbabwe who need all the quality they can get, but really surprised they haven't called up Hammy Mas as replacement!

  • Robster1 on January 27, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Taken the soft, unadventerous option eh Sean. And like Jacques Rudolph, you'll regret playing solely in dull and weak English county cricket. Money, money, money....

  • on January 27, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    @ Vr Mahesh , Sean ervine is quality cricketer?, Pathetic looser, i hate him now on..real idiot..poor old zim...

  • on January 27, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    it is very sad that he pulled out.he is a good quality cricketer.

  • on January 29, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    I think every cricketer dream is playing worldcup for his country.

    erivine should change his decision play in world cup for ZIM.

  • pom_basher on January 28, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Pommies are just stealing cricketers from Africa.... not good...

  • on January 28, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    It's disappointing that Sean Ervine has made a last minute pull out of the World Cup

  • luvgee on January 28, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    money money money...one day u will wake up to regret that move and i do hope we have all opened our eyes...go bek we dont care but just u watch all the other lads will be rejoicing afta the world cup.go zim go

  • on January 27, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    A sad day 4 INTL cricket bt v hv 2 respect it.This shows that Zim nw have to rely on their young guns and black majority to be top 6 in cricket

    @YorkshirePudding..... u so easily suggest that he can play for ireland.Im a big supporter of associates esp.IRE and also ZIM.yes IRE needs to develop bt they shouldnt poach ZIM players just like ENG are poaching IRE players and county poaches many from NZ,IRE,NETH,SA,Zim and WIndies. Ervine shd have played this WC or he shouldnt have submitted his name and shouldnt have considered himself 4 selection.He is setting a bad precedent. Anywayz All d best 4 ervine and Zim Cricket. Zim are one of ma favorite teams and hope they win some big games with lesser known players and popularise CRICKET as No 1 sport in Zim.

  • kdcricket on January 27, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Although he is free to decide his future, yet the moment he chose to let go of Zimbabwe is a questionable one. World Cup is not the time to unsettle a team. He could have made it clear right from the beginning....this leaves a very bad taste

  • Hunsy on January 27, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    It's been on the cards for a while that Ervine could walk back into the Zimbabwe team, so if in Ervine's own words "I feel Hampshire is my home" then shame the county didn't show the same loyalty and say to him to play for his country and they'd engaged him as their overseas player! Feel for Zimbabwe who need all the quality they can get, but really surprised they haven't called up Hammy Mas as replacement!

  • Robster1 on January 27, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Taken the soft, unadventerous option eh Sean. And like Jacques Rudolph, you'll regret playing solely in dull and weak English county cricket. Money, money, money....

  • on January 27, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    @ Vr Mahesh , Sean ervine is quality cricketer?, Pathetic looser, i hate him now on..real idiot..poor old zim...

  • on January 27, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    it is very sad that he pulled out.he is a good quality cricketer.

  • gothetaniwha on January 27, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Yes its sad,the World Cup should have best players ,playing for there country, I agree county cricket is ruining international cricket for the easy targets ZIM , NZ, WI , .They all have smaller pool of players and money , and the big joke is when players like Sean Ervine ,Hamish Marshell, Andre Adams, return to play cricket in the country of birth , in the off season - they are considered overseas players .As for the ICC growing the international game ,they are killing the game . THE BIG THREE AUST ,INDIA AND ENGLAND run international cricket .they get to play 12 tests a year against who they want and the rest get the scraps .

  • mahjut on January 27, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    We said "fair enough" to his decision to leave 6 years ago - and that was fine!!! The problem is he put himself up for selection and waited till, what...24 days before the WC, to pull out. This is not something I can respect or can see any arguement in favour of. ""A lot of people have gone to a lot of effort to make it happen for Sean. "" (and believe me i'm no fan of Campbell) but seriously, Sean knew this was happening and still waited till the very last minute. not for me thanks!! Let's get moving on...

  • YorkshirePudding on January 27, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    To all those suggesting the ECB rethink the 1 International player rule, thats the wrong approach, during the 80's and early 90's teams could field as many foreign Internationals as they wanted, look what happened to England in the 90's. The point of the limit is to allow domestic talent to be brought through the system, sadly we have to also abide by EU regulations hence the Kolpac rules for Saffa's, Australians, Kiwis and others. As for Ervine, if you read the article he also states that hampshire is his home and hes getting married next year, as a result want to be away from 'home' for long periods on international duty, its also not the end of his international career, as he will qualify to play for Ireland in a couple of years.

  • on January 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    let him go and stay in England we don't need him anymore

  • on January 27, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    As disappointing as this is, I think this could actually be good for Zim.Yes Sean would have provided the much needed grit and experience required in the side, but Zim should also rise to a point where it is bigger than a few players. The rebel player exodus though very damaging to Zim cricket at the time, was one of the best things to happen to Zim cricket at the point. Now Zim has a very large pool of players, who yes are below par but will certainly develop with more time & exposure.The focus should shift to the growth of the game amongst the blacks (who make a huge fraction of the population).Certainly the future of the game is their hands (the blacks).Nevertheless Zim should rise beyond the quota systems & the divisive attitudes of the dark days displayed by both the board and the rebels.Its time for a unity of purpose as is being displayed by the current administration & players.All the best for Zim & Sean, whom i feel has made a decision in his best interests.

  • splites on January 27, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Life can be so funny. Can't blame him for his decision. Would have loved to see Ervine in Zimbabwe colours, and alongside Price and Taibu, they would have brought back memories of somewhat a Zimbabwean "old guard". Anyways, he is making a comfortable life for himself out of county cricket, and has grown attatched to Hampshire. I for one, though disappointed, accept that he has seen a bright future with hampshire and is willing to continue the chapter of his life there. But does this mean we could be seeing him wearing the blue 3 lions cap? Hmm....

  • Quazar on January 27, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Unfortunate for Zimbabwe. And more double-standards from the English and Aussie press...when county cricket causes players like Irvine, Iain O'brien, Trott, and countless others from the WI, NZ, SA, Zim to turn their backs on their countries, it's no big deal...but the IPL is demonized as the destroyer of world cricket. Even a Roebuck has shown his bias...he berates and condemns the IPL at every opportunity, but reports diligently on the Big Bash for the SMH...and even credits it for throwing up opportunities for young Aussie cricketers.

  • Quazar on January 27, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Unfortunate for Zimbabwe. And more double-standards from the English and Aussie press...when county cricket causes players like Irvine, Iain O'brien, Trott, and countless others from the WI, NZ, SA, Zim to turn their backs on their countries, it's no big deal...but the IPL is demonized as the destroyer of world cricket. Even a Roebuck has shown his bias...he berates and condemns the IPL at every opportunity, but reports diligently on the Big Bash for the SMH...and even credits it for throwing up opportunities for young Aussie cricketers.

  • tikna on January 27, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I guess everyone is entitled to a priority. I just wish he`d have done this before being named in the final squad. Pity that clubs more important then country for him.

  • karachi99 on January 27, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    being a cricket fan Ii am disappointed !! how can you say NO to world cup for your club

  • BonyongoDestroyer on January 27, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Well at least one thing can be laid to rest - its time for Zimbabwe Cricket and Zimbabwe cricket fans to move on from Sean Ervine and focus on those players who want to play for their country, not just for Hampshire's money. Lets move on now?

  • CricFan78 on January 27, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    County cricket is destroying intl cricket. They poach Irish, NZ, Zim, SA , WI players to play for their counties and pay them enough so that they are no interested to play for their countries anymore.

  • on January 27, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    its very unfortunate for both zimbabwe and sean ervine.we definitely should have loved playing sean for zimbabwe not in the world cup but also in test matches in future.

  • on January 27, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    well firstly i would like to thank Sean for pulling out of the squad,he hasn't been in the country since last season when he changed franchises like crazy!which meant he wasn't certain about playing for the country....in any case.... tino mawoyo is in good form!it's no surprise for mawoyo because he is good and deserved the place!!God bless Tino Mawoyo!

  • Scgboy on January 27, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    gentlemen please lets put things into perspective. yes , whilst he perhaps should have played for his country and so on.you can not however take away from the fact , thats in the long term he is going to damage or endanger his future prospects. This is his profession and he has only a limited amount of years to reap the rewards.would you, any of you , risk a temporarily risk with the odds on your job wouldn't be there where you got back? what if your job was worth thousand and thousands of dollars? odds on you would make the same choice.

    Whilst i understand , the call for king and country , that dont pay your bills guys. yes this is a professional era we live in as well.

  • Cricket_86 on January 27, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    He is very comfortable playing in county.. That's why he might is not willing to play for his country.

  • msankar on January 27, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    What is this.... feeling bad for Zimbabwe, Ervine is creating a bad example.... Anyway Tino Mawoyo got a change, hope he will utilize his opportunity.....

  • Super_Cricketer on January 27, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Well...If this happens because of one IPL team, what would have the reaction of Cricket world?....Any way Sean Ervin thought that 1) ZIM cannot win the matches in World Cup. 2) If he plays for Hampshire, may be he can play for Champions League 3) He knew that he is not good enough to play International Cricket.....He should never consider for ZIM Cap again..ZIMBABWE is one of my favourite team....All the best ZIMBABWE....

  • zimbos_05 on January 27, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    I was so pumped to see him in the world cup squad and now this has happened. Cant believe it has happened. He seemed so pumped to play for Zimbabwe, I think English cricket needs a rethink on the 1 player domestic rule, it can ruin countries like Zimbabwe.

  • wiseshah on January 26, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    i guess they are not patriotic. previously happened to neal johnson. remember what a player he was.

  • mahjut on January 26, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    what spirit would he have brought - seriously? Campbell was fairly scathing and with press statements usually the perfect place to say nothing at all i think we can read into it that Zim cricket is PEEVED. As a Zim fan (and a zimbo) - I am too! fine to go - but don't go, waltz back, then go again........}8[

  • cricket_for_all on January 26, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    SA and ZIM players learn cricket at their countries then just simply move to ENG. Very very bad example to youngsters.

  • on January 26, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    More trouble caused by the eligibility rules for English county cricket. If he had played, Ervine would have found himself in the same wilderness that Iain O'Brien is in.

  • riverlime on January 26, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    If he's hoping to make his fortune playing in the Champion's League, then he'd better hope Hampshire does not run into the Trinidad and Tobago team again!

  • on January 26, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    What a disappointment. He is talented enough to get an IPL contract. But needs to display his talent on the international scene. Looks like he does not have any good career advisors with him.

  • passion.cricket on January 26, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    I think he knows the truth that Zimbabwe will not last long in world cup..and he would be just jeopardizing his position in county cricket...

  • on January 26, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    He will rue his decision forever. He is concerned for his handful of Hampshire fans and not about whole of Zimbabwe and Zim's international supporters like me. Sad that he will not be called 2011 World Champion. I salute the 15 warriors scheduled to play for Zimbabwe

  • on January 26, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Major Setback for Zimbabwe....Dean was the trumpcard...when there are people making a lot of Sacrifice just to play for the country, and here you have Sean.....

  • tiger_fahad on January 26, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    its unfortunate decision for zim i am really upset to hear this news though iam not a zimbabwe supporter zim need him

  • braindead_rocker on January 26, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    I wonder why only Zimbabwe players have this see-saw mentality. He could have played for his nation.

  • mdg60 on January 26, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Really disappointed that we won't be getting to see Sean Ervine in the World Cup. Thought he would have brought back the good old Zimbabwean spirit back to the team.

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  • mdg60 on January 26, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Really disappointed that we won't be getting to see Sean Ervine in the World Cup. Thought he would have brought back the good old Zimbabwean spirit back to the team.

  • braindead_rocker on January 26, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    I wonder why only Zimbabwe players have this see-saw mentality. He could have played for his nation.

  • tiger_fahad on January 26, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    its unfortunate decision for zim i am really upset to hear this news though iam not a zimbabwe supporter zim need him

  • on January 26, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Major Setback for Zimbabwe....Dean was the trumpcard...when there are people making a lot of Sacrifice just to play for the country, and here you have Sean.....

  • on January 26, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    He will rue his decision forever. He is concerned for his handful of Hampshire fans and not about whole of Zimbabwe and Zim's international supporters like me. Sad that he will not be called 2011 World Champion. I salute the 15 warriors scheduled to play for Zimbabwe

  • passion.cricket on January 26, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    I think he knows the truth that Zimbabwe will not last long in world cup..and he would be just jeopardizing his position in county cricket...

  • on January 26, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    What a disappointment. He is talented enough to get an IPL contract. But needs to display his talent on the international scene. Looks like he does not have any good career advisors with him.

  • riverlime on January 26, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    If he's hoping to make his fortune playing in the Champion's League, then he'd better hope Hampshire does not run into the Trinidad and Tobago team again!

  • on January 26, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    More trouble caused by the eligibility rules for English county cricket. If he had played, Ervine would have found himself in the same wilderness that Iain O'Brien is in.

  • cricket_for_all on January 26, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    SA and ZIM players learn cricket at their countries then just simply move to ENG. Very very bad example to youngsters.