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Last Updated: Friday, 3 December, 2004, 15:29 GMT
England unmoved on compensation
David Morgan and Michael Vaughan
England's David Morgan (left) is sticking to his guns on this issue
England will not co-operate with Zimbabwe Cricket over repeated claims for compensation for a cancelled match.

The first one-day international was scheduled for 26 November, but England were still in South Africa.

The Zimbabwe government reversed a decision to block entry to several journalists at the last minute.

"We continue to attribute any loss to the delay in accrediting the 13 UK journalists," said England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman Andrew Walpole.

After their eventual arrival, England refused to re-schedule the first match.

But ZC are now claiming the cancelled match has cost them US$600,000 (310,000) in lost revenue from sponsors and television companies

England believe the deficit, which they have no intention of paying, is in any case less than one-tenth of ZC's estimate.

Ozias Bvute, the acting managing director of ZC, said: "We will meet the England and Wales Cricket Board soon to discuss the matter and deal with it in an amicable and professional manner."




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