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Last Updated:  Thursday, 13 February, 2003, 13:57 GMT
Zimbabwe go through motions
A policeman patrols the empty Harare Sports Club on the day of the cancelled game between England and Zimbabwe
All quiet at the HSC on Thursday
Zimbabwe staged a forlorn practice session at the Harare Sports Club on the day of their cancelled match against England.

The fixture was called off on Tuesday after England refused to travel to the Zimababwean capital amid security fears.

The World Cup's technical committee will meet on Friday to rule whether the Harare match should be switched to South Africa.

It will also decide if England should be fined and forfeit the match or whether the points should be shared.

Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak summed up the gloomy mood in Harare, telling reporters: "This is sad.

"We wanted to play England here, we were so looking forward to it.

"So many people have put so much effort into getting the ground ready for today."

His sentiments were echoed by a patron at a restaurant on the boundary edge, who said: "It's an extraordinarily sad day, and it should have been something so special."

Zimbabwe won their opening World Cup match on Monday, when they beat Namibia by 86 runs in Harare.

The next match of the competition scheduled to be played at the Harare Sports Club is between Zimbabwe and India on 19 February.





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