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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 26 February, 2003, 14:35 GMT
Flower to continue protest
Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower
Flower shows the strain
Former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower plans to continue his protests against the national government despite being ordered to stop.

Flower and team-mate Henry Olonga wore black armbands to mark what they described as the "death of democracy" in Zimbabwe during their opening World Cup game against Namibia.

Flower wore a black wristband during their second match, and has now taken to wearing a white wristband, symbolising peace.

"Whatever is said to us, by whoever, or whatever letters we get, or any other pressure put on us, we will continue to make our protest throughout Zimbabwe's participation in the World Cup" Flower said.

"We will not be swayed from that. How could we be? We are standing up for what is right."

The International Cricket Council has ruled out any action against the pair, but the Zimbabwe Cricket Union sent them a letter instructing them to stop raising political issues.

"We are not a political organisation," said ZCU chief Peter Chingoka.

Olonga has not played since the opening game and English newspaper reports claimed Flower was on the verge of being dropped for the game against Australia earlier this week.

It is claimed that he was only included in the side after several team-mates refused to take the field without him.

Flower is Zimbabwe's best batsman, having scored more than 6,500 runs in one-day internationals, and over 4,700 in Tests.

It is expected that he will retire from international cricket after the World Cup after agreeing contracts to play in England and Australia.

Links to more Zimbabwe stories


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25 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe
Olonga expelled from club
20 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe
Protest players meet Zim officials
22 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe
Protest duo 'keep it personal'
20 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe duo escape action
14 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe

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