Bryan Strang's attempted comeback has hit a brick wall in the shape of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU).
Strang, who played 26 Tests and 46 ODIs for Zimbabwe between 1995 and 2001, was looking to return from a career-threatening injury by playing in the Logan Cup, Zimbabwe's domestic first-class competition.
But the ZCU, which repeatedly stresses that it is a non-political organisation, slapped a ban on Strang playing in the competition after objecting to comments made by him last year. Strang was one of a group of players who argued that Zimbabwe should not be allowed to host matches during the 2003 World Cup on moral grounds.
The relationship was further strained when Strang wrote to The Wisden Cricketer earlier this year alleging racism against a ZCU official. He said: "A union which promotes racial division and does nothing about hate speech should not be given the courtesy of touring democratic countries."