Tasmania signs up Andy Blignaut

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Tasmania on Thursday signed a three-year contract with Zimbabwean cricketer Andy Blignaut.

Hobart:
Tasmania today signed a three-year contract with Zimbabwean cricketer Andy Blignaut, one of 15 players no longer representing his home country due to a dispute over selection policies. Blignaut, 25, becomes the second of the rebel players stood down by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union to play in Australia. Fellow allrounder Sean Irvine signed last week with Western Australia state. Zimbabwean cricket has been in turmoil since the white players went on strike in April in a bid to have skipper Heath Streak reinstated. Streak was fired after his ultimatum for changes to the selection panel and what he considered to be racially based selection policies was rejected by Zimbabwean cricket officials. A test series with Australia was scrapped and the Australians easily won a revamped three-match series of one-day matches. Zimbabwe has lost 10 matches in a row since the player dispute began. (AP)
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