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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

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

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

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
Scorecard

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

What About the Players?

Referring to calls from the NZ Government and others for New Zealand to abandon their tour of Zimbabwe, Andrew McClean writes:

Every player has the opportunity to say "no" just as Stuart MacGill did prior to Australia's tour of Zimbabwe last year. For politicians to attempt to make the players' decisions for them is an insult to their intelligence. Agreeing to tour does not mean that a player is making a statement one way or the other. Nor is he required too. It has been suggested that the New Zealand team will avoid situations that might be seen as promoting the regime of Robert Mugabe. Frankly, it is a line not needed at all as cricket teams don't tour anywhere to make political statements, they tour to play cricket. Zimbabwe is no different: the players will train, sleep, eat and play.

Political issues are not only an irrelevant consideration for the ICC at present, they can, as here, have the effect of countering the promotion of cricket. If New Zealand and other international sides do not arrive, what chance of cricket thriving in Zimbabwe? Should Zimbabwe's children have their cricket dreams stolen?

Source: CricInfo

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