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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 12 March, 2003, 13:30 GMT
Pycroft quits selector role
Henry Olonga
Olonga was dropped after the first game
Zimbabwe cricket selector Andy Pycroft resigned on Tuesday ahead of their match against Kenya.

"I wasn't even consulted or contacted prior to the New Zealand match," said Pycroft.

"The only explanation I was given was that the other selectors could not contact me.

"That's ridiculous - everybody knows where I am.

"I'm not staying in the same hotel as the other selector here but I'm only 100 yards away."

Pycroft said that the team selected by himself, fellow selector Stephen Mangongo, coach Geoff Marsh and captain Heath Streak was rejected by the four other members of the panel back in Zimbabwe.

It wasn't about colour in the side, as far as I was concerned
Andy Pycroft

"The side was basically being picked from 3,000km away. If that's the case, then what's the point of continuing," said Pycroft.

Zimbabwe's campaign has been dogged with controversy, with England refusing to play against them because of security fears.

Andy Flower and Henry Olonga wore black armbands in their first match to protest against what they called the "death of democracy" in the country.

Olonga was then not selected for the next five matches, before returning for the Super Six match against Kenya on Wednesday.

"When we sat down to pick the side for the match against Kenya, it became clear that there was already a team and it was non-negotiable," said Pycroft.

But he maintained that it had nothing to do with quotas: "It wasn't about colour in the side, as far as I was concerned."

Links to more Zimbabwe stories


Flower to stand down
11 Mar 03 |  Zimbabwe
Olonga silenced after protest
10 Mar 03 |  Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe duo break ranks
10 Feb 03 |  England


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