Melbourne:Cricket South Africa (CSA), which has for long been a victim of apartheid, is itself abetting criminals running the game in Zimbabwe, feels noted columnist Peter Roebuck, who has urged CSA to review the friendly ties with its Zimbabwean counterparts.
"South Africa needs to rethink its relationship with the spiteful crooks running Zimbabwe. Likewise, in this euphoric hour CSA ought to cut its close ties with the charming creeps plundering Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).
"Some of the leading lights at CSA stood firm against apartheid and now must reject the tyranny of Zanu-Pf (Zimbabwes ruling party). In both cases the common man was crushed by a ruthless elite," Roebuck wrote in his column in 'The Age'.
"Over the years CSA has backed the Zimbabwean rulers to the hilt. Black Africa has produced some of the greatest leaders the world has known but cricket fell into the hands of lesser men," he added.
Roebuck felt it was former CSA and International Cricket Council (ICC) President late Percy Sonn who was responsible for the rot in Zimbabwe Cricket.
"Percy Sonn started the rot by blithely backing Zanu and ZC in the face of mounting evidence of their greed. Nobody is so blind as the zealot.
"Sent as an observer, Sonn declared legitimate an election every sane person knew had been rigged and, in his cricketing capacity, supported ZC's senior officers, Peter Chingoka (president) and Ozias Bvute (chief executive), wealthy thugs whose fondness for whisky matched his own," he said.
Roebuck also criticised Ray Mali, who succeeded Sonnas the ICC president, for his close links with ZC.
"Mali forged a friendship with the ZC elders, paid them a visit, drank their grog, took the guided tour and returned to say that Zimbabwe was well on its way to taking first place in the ODI rankings. It was a betrayal of underpaid and intimidated black cricketers and honest officials.
"Presumably he fell for the spiel about ZC trying to make the best of a bad job. And so he ignored the suffering and sided with the tyrant," he said.