Mashonaland Cricket AGM

CricInfo reports on the Mashonaland Cricket Association's AGM. Tavengwa Mukuhlani was re-elected chairman for a second year, despite concerns over the absence of an audited financial report for the association.

Source: CricInfo

There has been quite a bit of tension between the MCA and ZC over the past year.

ZC Looks to Revise Player Contracts

The Zimbabwe Independent reports that Zimbabwe Cricket are likely to reduce the number of central contracts on offer to players, and reconsider the terms of the ones that are handed out, in light of recent poor performances by the national team:

"A contract is an important document. It is a commitment that one makes that they will care for someone's welfare. But you have to make sure that you get the best out of the contracted person. What we are getting is the opposite. These players are paid to play for five days but they give us two days. You can't just give contracts in the light of the scenario we have. We've got to look at other ways of doing it."

Source: Zimbabwe Independent

It's been noted in a number of places that some players have seemed disinterested on the field in recent games, and have been showing signs of arrogance as a result of the security their contracts offer. If reducing the number of central contracts on offer will encourage players to put more effort into securing their place in the squad, that can only be a good thing.

Olonga: Ban Calls 'Too Late'

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, former Zimbabwe cricketer Henry Olonga expressed his anger that countries such as the UK have not protested to the ICC before now:

"The rest of the world has just sat by and watched this tragedy unfold. It's almost like they're waiting for something massive to happen before they intervene. I think yes, it's too late."

Olonga left Zimbabwe in 2003 after the black-armband protest in Zimbabwe's opening World Cup game.

ICC Unlikely to Act Against Zimbabwe

ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed has again indicated that the ICC in unlikely to take any action against Zimbabwe as a result of the country's human rights record, despite having been asked to do so by the Governments of Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Speaking yesterday, Speed said:

"We do respect their views, but we don't make decisions on political grounds and neither are our decisions on playing cricket based on the human rights record of a country. I haven't had a chance to speak with our president but our stand on such matters is pretty clear. It's up to the teams to decide whether they honour the commitments. If the countries want to play it's fine and if they don't we don't interfere in the foreign policy of any government."

Videocon Cup: Game 1 Roundup

Zimbabwe's defeat at the hands of New Zealand yesterday has drawn the expected response from around the world, and it's not pretty reading. If you have a strong stomach, read on for more details...

Zimbabwe -vs- New Zealand: NZ Win by 192 Runs

This would have been a great game to watch if you're a New Zealand fan, but for a Zimbabwe fan it was something more akin to self-torture. Batting first, New Zealand scored a massive 397/5 from 44 overs, leaving Zimbabwe with an essentially impossible task during their innings. Read on for more details...

Curran Faces First Zimbabwe Test

Kevin Curran begins his reign as Zimbabwe coach on Wednesday when the hosts take on New Zealand in the first game of the triangular one-day series. Curran was brought in to replace West Indian Phil Simmons following two Test thrashings by the Black Caps.

Source: BBC Sport

ICC to Ignore Pleas for Boycott

The ICC will this week ignore a plea from Jack Straw and Tessa Jowell to boycott Zimbabwe and endorse a match programme that will commit all Test-playing nations to visit the controversial African state at least once betweeen 2006 and 2012.

Source: The Guardian (Free registration required)

Zimbabwe Outclassed in Three-Horse Race

CricInfo have their preview of the Videocon Tri-Series up:

Zimbabwe cannot be expected to figure in the tournament, although it is wise to avoid predicting write-offs, as their new coach Kevin Curran will be looking to make his mark during his first game in charge against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Source: CricInfo

UK TV Coverage of Tri-Series and India Tests

Sony Entertainment Television are carrying the Tri-Series and India tests in the UK - Sky Digital channel 802, also available on NTL and Telewest. If you're interested, a 2-month sub to watch the matches will cost you £32, including connection charge. 08700-766 9248.

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