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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 July, 2004, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK
England will tour Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu
The young Zimbabwe team will now focus on one-day cricket
International Cricket Club president Ehsan Mani has claimed the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed the tour to Zimbabwe will go ahead.

England are set to play four or five one-day internationals in November, Mani announced at a meeting at Lord's.

The ICC also confirmed Zimbabwe will not play any more Test cricket for the rest of the year.

The decision was taken by the ICC's Executive Board members during a meeting on Thursday.

Mani said: "The ECB announced yesterday at our board meeting that they will be going and will be prepared to play more matches than originally arranged.

"They were originally playing four [one-day internationals] and now say they may play five. It is very encouraging."

John Read, the ECB's Director of Corporate Affairs, told BBC Sport: "At the moment, the tour is certainly on.

"It will most probably consist of five one-day games, which is the originally agreed number."

The ECB has moved away from a possible boycott of the tour after the ICC passed a regulation earlier this year which meant countries could face a US $2m fine or a ban from international cricket.

Mani insisted the ICC had never intimated to the ECB that they would face "heavy penalties" if the tour was cancelled.

But Read added: "There might not have been an explicit threat, but the Executive Board meeting in Auckland passed a binding regulation.

"As 90% of our revenue comes from international cricket, we would have been mad not to take it seriously."

Ehsan Mani
The dispute between the Zimbabwe Cricket Union and the players is a worrying issue - it should have been resolved in Zimbabwe
Ehsan Mani

Zimbabwe Cricket has been in crisis ever since Heath Streak was sacked as national team captain in April.

It led to a boycott by 15 white players and a novice team being chosen to face Sri Lanka and Australia in home series.

They lost every match and the Tests against Australia were cancelled with both the tourists and the ICC voicing concern about protecting the "integrity" of Test cricket.

Mani said the two sides 14 days to try and resolve their dispute.

If they fail to do so, the matter will be referred to the ICC's Disputes Resolutions Committee.

"The ZCU [Zimbabwe Cricket Union] is of the opinion that this process has no jurisdiction but the ICC's legal advice is that it does," said Mani.

As well as the two one-day series and the ICC Champions Trophy in September, Zimbabwe will also play four-day cricket against representative sides from India, Pakistan and South Africa in the next few months.

If the ICC is satisfied with the team's progress over that period, they will resume their Test programme as scheduled against Bangladesh next year.

"It is our responsibility to make sure that cricket can survive in Zimbabwe," Mani added.

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