ICC set for further Zimbabwe meetings

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Talks between the ICC and Zimbabwe Cricket Union ended in London with the world governing body promising to monitor the player dispute.

ICC set for further Zimbabwe meetings

London: Talks between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) ended in London with the world governing body promising to monitor the player dispute which threatens the sport in the troubled African state. Fifteen white cricketers, led by former captain Heath Streak, are refusing to play for Zimbabwe, amidst claims a racist selection policy is in place. ICC chiefs, in a statement said they would be holding more talks on the issue after a meeting in London yesterday involving ICC president Ehsan Mani, chief executive Malcolm Speed, ZCU chairman Peter Chingoka and board member Ozias Bvute. Mani said he accepted that national boards were right to be responsible for relations with their own players. "At the same time, the ICC recognises and has discussed with the ZCU the international implications of this dispute and its potential effect on international cricket," he said. "International cricket is built upon the best teams from each country taking part." However, Mani stopped short of endorsing allegations of racism within the ZCU. "The ZCU has provided assurances that the dispute is not about race or politics as it has sometimes simplistically been portrayed," he said. On Tuesday Chingoka also had meetings with his England counterparts over the future of their planned October tour to Zimbabwe while yesterday leg-spinner Stuart MacGill withdrew from Australia's tour there next month on moral grounds.(PTI)
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