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Last Updated:  Thursday, 20 February, 2003, 09:50 GMT
Protest duo 'keep it personal'
Henry Olonga
Henry Olonga was dropped for the India match
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak says Andy Flower and Henry Olonga have made sure the rest of the team are unaffected by their politcal stance.

Flower and Olonga wore black armbands in the opening game against Namibia in protest at what they see as the 'death of democracy in their country' under President Robert Mugabe.

The two players did not even feature in Zimbabwe's 83-run defeat to India in Harare on Wednesday.

And Streak is unsure whether the stance is having a negative impact on their performances.

"They've kept it very personal and haven't really involved the team," said Streak.

"Whether it has affected them or not, I'm not sure.

"Both of them have been working hard and looking good in the nets, so from what I've seen it doesn't really look as if it has affected them out in the middle.

"It was a tough decision to leave out Henry as he has been bowling superbly. It was hard to leave him out, but that was the gut feeling of the selectors."

Flower is the finest batsman ever produced by Zimbabwe, having scored 4,794 runs in Tests and almost 6,500 in one-day internationals.

It is thought he may retire from international cricket after the World Cup to concentrate on commitments with English county side Essex.

Olonga was Zimbabwe's first black Test cricketer and took eight wickets during the 1999 World Cup to help them reach the Super Sixes phase of the competition.

Olonga has been suspended by his club side, Takashinga, and the pair were reported to the ICC's World Cup technical committee by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, but no action was taken.

Olonga said he and Flower would discuss the situation and decide whether to stop wearing the armbands or prolong their protest.

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