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I think the good thing so far in this issue is the willingness on the part of the Australia government to pay any fine that the International Cricket Council (ICC) may impose on Cricket Australia should they abandon the tour. Its not good to advocate abandoning the tour and then let the sporting body foot the bill.
From a cricket perspective ignoring the political side of the story, Zimbabwe playing Australia is a total mismatch and I don't know what the ICC thinks will be gained from this tour. Recently Zimbabwe lost all its matches against lowly ranked Bangladesh and they also failed to win a single match at the World Cup and playing Australia can only lead to some records which just distort the existing records.
Zimbabwean cricket reached a peak at the World Cup in South Africa but since then problems on and off the pitch have meant that the cricket itself, the sport, has taken a back-seat. It is in this context that Australia touring will bring a mismatch which nobody really wants and I think Zimbabwe should be playing sides like Kenya and Ireland more often and then play the Test playing nations later when its form and standard has improved.
At the moment its hard to see this tour going ahead but all the same I will be following the developments closely and I am
keen to see what the ICC's response will be should the tour be abandoned as expected.
As a result of the debate a lot of people not only in Australia but around the world are now aware of the situation in Zimbabwe and that's worth more gold for me.
The New Zealand government took a similar decision two years and it was also very good. Its time that people show their distaste for the state of affairs in Zimbabwe and by proceeding with this tour it would have looked like endorsing the regime.
I hope the ICC has got the message now and cancel all the tours to Zimbabwe.
I agree that Mugabe is a man who should not be tolerated and what he has done to Zim is disgusting. However the people it will hurt the most are the Zimbabweans who will now miss out on something that could have taken them away (albeit momentarily) from their troubles.
If Zim had oil I am sure the 'Coalition of the Willing' would quick step it from Iraq to kick out Mugabe. The ICC is to blame for having Cricket Australia / Gov't needing to make this decision, but the world at large should hang their heads in shame for allowing Mugabe to destroy the country.
I also feel that Britain abrogated its responsibilities as a former colonial power with citizens with huge financial interests in Zimbabwe. Australia has done its part in highlighting this issue, and the lack of civil vibrancy in Zimbabwe is another factor and rightly so, Australia wants to promote the emergence of opposing voices.
The lack of conscience on the Zimbabwean leadership is beyond my comprehension...you cant separate sport from politics in this instance