Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Cricket anyone?

It says something about both Google and sports that half the headlines on Zim is about their sports teams...

The international leaders shout, oh we are apolitical...


Of course, Zim is not above banning sports reporters from getting information. LINK

It is likely that ZC banned the reporters as tough questions were expected in the light of yesterday's statement issued on behalf of the country's players which slated the board, accusing it of being "at best incompetent, and at worst, a bully".

Well, that goes along with THIS

During a state visit to Cuba, Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwe president, said he had approved laws passed two weeks ago by Zimbabwe's parliament that allow his government to effectively nationalize formerly white-owned farms and impose travel bans on "traitors."

Or maybe it is merely a way to hide the growing corruption scandal LINK

MUMBAI/CHANDIGARH/KOLKATA, Sept. 13. — The two members of the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit is reported to have visited Mumbai today in connection with their reportedly ongoing inquiry into the alleged fixing of certain matches in the tri-series featuring India, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
However, no confirmation could be had about the veracity of this information either from the Board of Control from Cricket in India office here or the local police. Yesterday, a section of the Press had reported that two ACU officials – Mr Alan Peacock and Mr Martin Hawkins – were in New Delhi recently to probe allegations that the tri-series was fixed. ...

Mumbai police claimed they have established Mumbai bargirl Tarannum Khan’s links with bookies, took her passport and said they are still examining her role in the organised crime syndicate of bookies and the underworld.
“As of now, we can book her under the Gambling Act but we do not want to reach to a conclusion in a hurry and would explore if Tarannum could be booked under a more stringent law,” a senior Crime Branch official said here.
Tarannum Khan, who hit the headlines after an Income Tax raid at her plush suburban Andheri bungalow earlier this month revealed huge cash and property investment details.
However, in Chandigarh, the BCCI today ruled out initiating an inquiry into allegations that the series in Zimbabwe was fixed.
“As of now, we are not going to initiate any inquiry as we have not received any complaint from anywhere.

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