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Last Updated:  Saturday, 22 February, 2003, 15:19 GMT

Protest players meet Zim officials
Andy Flower and Henry Olonga had a meeting with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) on Saturday to discuss their continuing on-field protests against President Robert Mugabe's government.

The pair were called separately to attend a specially convened meeting of the ZCU's executive board.

And they were said to look angry and deflated at the team hotel when they emerged.

Andy Flower
Flower wore a black wristband against India
"I expected the matter to be dealt with after the tournament," said Flower.

"But I can't comment on the meeting today."

Flower and Olonga then headed off for a team practice session ahead of their match against Australia on Monday.

ZCU managing director Vince Hogg said after the meeting: "I think we have covered all the issues and done what we needed to do."

Asked if the dispute had been resolved, Hogg replied: "It's hard to say but I hope so."

Former captain Flower and Olonga were reported to the International Cricket Council after wearing black armbands and mourning the "death of democracy" before the team's opening match against Namibia.

The ICC took no action but asked them not to wear the black armbands again.

In the second match Olonga was dropped but Flower wore a black wristband to continue the protest.





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