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Last Updated:  Friday, 28 February, 2003, 08:20 GMT
Olonga frozen out
Zimbabwe bowler Henry Olonga
Olonga: Fears his international career is over
Zimbabwe have fielded an injured bowler in the match against Holland rather than Henry Olonga, according to reports

Strike bowler Olonga, along with star batsman Andy Flower, wore a black armband in Zimbabwe's opening match of the World Cup to mourn the "death of democracy" in the country.

He was subsequently dropped for Zimbabwe's next game against India and then prevented from acting as a substitute fielder against Australia.

Now Zimbabwe have selected Douglas Hondo to play against Holland - even though he aggravated a groin strain against the Australians - because Olonga is the only viable alternative.

The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) stick rigidly to a policy of fielding three black players in every game and Olonga is the only other black player who could come in for Hondo.

"Henry is already half-thinking that his career is half-over," Flower told The Times newspaper.

"He's very pessimistic about his chances of ever representing Zimbabwe again.

"But we've got to make sure that doesn't happen again. It's appalling that he's not playing against Holland in place of Hondo, but we have to start by doing something about this scandal of him not being allowed to field."

Flower was reportedly going to be dropped for the game against Australia for "gross insubordination" before his team-mates threatened to go on strike and secured his place in the side.

Olonga was last week expelled by his domestic side, Takashinga Cricket Club, following his black armband protest against Namibia.

Links to more Zimbabwe stories


Flower to continue protest
26 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe
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20 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe duo break ranks
10 Feb 03 |  England


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