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Last Updated:  Monday, 10 March, 2003, 13:21 GMT
Olonga silenced after protest
Henry Olonga
Olonga has publicly objected to Robert Mugabe's regime
Henry Olonga has been banned from commenting about his protest against Robert Mugabe's regime, according to the player.

The Zimbabwe fast bowler, along with team-mate Andy Flower, wore a black armband in his country's World Cup opener to show his opposition to Mugabe.

The pair had previously said the gesture was to highlight the "death of democracy" in the country.

But on Tuesday, Olonga insisted he had been forbidden from talking any further on the matter.

"I would love to talk to you guys," he told reporters at Bloemfontein's Goodyear Park on Monday, "but they don't want me to."

Douglas Hondo has been doing the job for us, and it has been a simple selection issue
Zimbabwe selector Andy Pycroft

When asked who "they" were, he added: "Work it out for yourselves. Work out who doesn't want me to talk about things other than cricket."

The bowler had previously been asked by the national cricket board not to repeat the protest after complaints from the government.

Since then he has not been picked for Zimbabwe, although national selector Andy Pycroft said his absence had not been on political grounds.

"We believe Douglas Hondo has been doing the job for us, and it has been a simple selection issue," said Pycroft.

Links to more Zimbabwe stories


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25 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe
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23 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe
Olonga expelled from club
20 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe duo break ranks
10 Feb 03 |  England
Zimbabwe duo escape action
14 Feb 03 |  Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe duo condemn government
10 Feb 03 |  England

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