James Marshall Called Up for Injured Astle

James Marshall, the New Zealand opener, has been included in the one-day squad as cover for Nathan Astle who is nursing an injured finger. Astle sustained the injury to his left ring finger during the second Test against Zimbabwe

Source: CricInfo

Poor Planning Hampers India

CricInfo takes a look at India's preparations - or lack of them - in advance of the Videocon Tri-Series:

Shambles. There is no other word to describe the situation as India embarked on their tour of Zimbabwe.

Seems to be more down to the BCCI than any lack of interest of the team's part. Still, poor preparation can only help the other teams involved...

Source: CricInfo

Zimbabwe Board XI -vs- New Zealanders: NZ Win by 8 Wickets

An opening partnership of 108 by Stephen Fleming and Lou Vincent guided New Zealand to an easy eight-wicket win with almost 25 overs to spare in a warm-up match at Bulawayo.

CricInfo Report

New Zealand 196 for 2, Zimbabwe Board XI 193 for 8

Zimbabwe Ban Call is 'Too Late'

Conservative MP Theresa May says the government's call for Zimbabwe to be banned from international cricket is "too little, too late." (The) shadow culture, media and sport spokesperson May told the BBC the government should have acted last year - before England toured Zimbabwe.

Source: BBC News

Zim Squad Named for Videocon Tri-Series

Tatenda Taibu will lead a 16-member squad in the upcoming tri-series, also involving New Zealand and India. The selectors named Heath Streak as the vice-captain and also included other former dissidents - Andy Blignaut, Craig Wishart and Stuart Carlisle.

Sources: CricInfo, Cricket365.com, CricketWorld

Full Squad:
Tatenda Taibu (capt), Heath Streak (vice-capt), Stuart Carlisle, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Keith Dabengwa, Brendan Taylor, Craig Wishart, Andy Blignaut, Gavin Ewing, Blessing Mahwire, Hamilton Masakadza, Waddington Mwayenga, Edward Rainsford, Vusumuzi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya

Andy Flower Century Key to Essex Win

From the English County Championship:

A century by Andy Flower led Essex to victory over Derbyshire as they moved into second place in Frizzell County Championship Division Two on Friday. The former Zimbabwe batsman scored 104 and left Essex within sight of victory when he was out with the score on 304 for five at Derby.

Source: Cricket365.com

African XI -vs- Asian XI, Game 3: Match Abandoned

No result due to rain, so the series finishes tied 1-1.

Heath Streak and Tatenda Taibu featured - with only 3 overs bowled by the African XI before rain intervened, Streak didn't get a bowl, but did catch Shahid Afridi off the bowling of Sean Pollock.

Batting, Taibu scored 10 off 32 balls (caught Sehwag off the bowling of Abdul Razzaq), while Streak scored 14 off 35 (out LBW off the bowling of Shahid Afridi). Only Sean Pollock scored higher for the African XI, with 44 not out - a low-scoring game all round.

African XI - 106 all out (32.5 overs), Asian XI - 8 for 2 wickets (3 overs)
Match abandoned due to rain.

More Pressure to Ban Zimbabwe

British government continues applying the pressure:

British ministers Jack Straw and Tessa Jowell have written jointly to the International Cricket Council asking for the country to be banned. The latest move is in response to Zimbabwe's worsening human rights abuses under president Robert Mugabe.

Source: BBC News, CricInfo

African XI -vs- Asian XI, Game 2: Asian XI Win by 17 Runs

Full Scorecard

Heath Streak was the only Zimbabwean player involved in this match, taking 2 for 64 off 9 overs (2 no balls), while scoring 28 runs off 32 balls with the bat (caught by Jayawardene off Khan's bowling).

Series is levelled at 1-1, with the decider to be played on 21st August.

ZC Reneges on Player Representative Agreement?

Zimbabwe Cricket will in the next week start negotiating contracts with players, but the process may be held up after the board reportedly reneged on an agreement to pay the fees of Clive Field, the players' representative.

Source: CricInfo

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