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After much controversy, the Zimbabwean team for Srilanka was selected. Well the controversy was about the White Zimbabwean players refusing to play under the current management and demanding a few changes (which I think are quite reasonable and fair) in the ZCU. The team selected to play againts Srilanka didnt have 13 of the regular (and not so regular) white cricket players and 2 of the most experienced black players in Zimbabwe.

The first one-day was held at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo under the new captain Tatenda Taibu (who is barely 20 yrs old and must be one of the youngest captains ever). Zimbabwe managed to scored a meagre 211 in 50 overs with Taibu scoring 96.

The game was rain interrupted and hence shortened. Srilanka won the game with a little help from the Duckworth Lewis method as they had scored 144 in 27 overs (they needed to have 133) at the end of the games play.
 

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Zimbabwe vs Srilanka, 3rd ODI, Harare

The humiliation of the new "expurgated" Zimbabwe cricket team continued at Harare Sports Club as they crashed to 35 all out, the lowest total ever recorded in a one-day international. The Sri Lankan seamers enjoyed themeselves on a helpful pitch, with Chaminda Vaas taking 4 for 11, including his 300th wicket in one-day internationals. There were three scalps for Mohamed Maharoof, on his debut, and two for Dilhara Fernando. Sri Lanka completed a nine-wicket victory, ending the match in 9.2 overs, 70 minutes before lunch.
 

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I believe even Bangladesh can overtake Zimbabwe now
 

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Is there any point playing these matches? Just for academic purposes.

IMO, the Aussies should give the players like Gilly, Hayden a rest for this tour to create a sportive interest. Anyway, the Aussies are going to thrash them and expect new world records. :eek:
 

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Yeah, its really bad for the game. ZCU should try and sort out the mess as soon as possible.

In the 4th ODI, Srilanka fielded a second-string team and they still managed to beat Zimbabwe by 72 runs. This is really sad. I shudder to think whats gonna happen when Australia goes to Zimbabwe and if Zimbabwe doesnt manage to get their players back by then :eek:.
 

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The tour by australia is going to be a waste i think alot of players will 'pull out' because of the political situation Macgil already has
 

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Flicker of Hope in Zimbabwe Saga

The Zimbabwe Cricket Union announced last night that the 15 rebel players headed by Heath Streak had agreed to go back to work and would resume training on Friday (April 30).

But, as with so much in this saga, the ZCU press release might not be quite what it seems. Wisden Cricinfo spoke to one of the players earlier today and he described the statement as "premature" and added that the group were meeting together this morning and would issue their own press release afterwards. The ZCU has a habit lately of presenting what it wants to happen as fact.

The players have said that, as a gesture of goodwill, they will train, but they have also made it abundantly clear that they do not trust certain members of the board and will not resume playing on the strength of promises by them.

What might seem to be a partial climbdown actually strengthens the rebels' hand. Up to now, they have technically been in breach of contract, but by resuming training they have removed one of the main excuses the board might have had to dismiss them.

And whereas last week the ZCU held all the aces, the humiliation of its new-look side at the hands of Sri Lanka has left it desperate to strengthen the side to try and avoid the ICC looking too closely at Zimbabwe's international status. And the only way it can do that is to bring the rebels back into the fold.

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5th ODI, Harare Sports Club

Zimbabwe performed much better, but still failed in the 5th ODI.
Srilanka won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored a reasonable 246/7 in their 50 overs. Russell Arnold top scored with 51.

Zimbabwe started their chase quite well with Opener Taylor top scoring with 74. Zimbabwe however faltered as Murali took 5 wickets in his ten overs. At the end of their 50 overs, Zimbabwe were 221 for 9.

This ended the 5 match one day series which Srilanaka won 5-0.
 

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I pray to god and more to ICC that please don't let these kind of matches/series happen. What is the point of humilating the Zimbabwe "players" if they are not up to the world standards?
 

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Streak named in Test squad

Heath Streak, Zimbabwe's former captain, has been named alongside three other rebel cricketers – Trevor Gripper, Sean Ervine and Ray Price – in a 17-man squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka, which begins in Harare on Thursday. The chances of the four playing, however, remain slim, and unless the Zimbabwe Cricket Union accedes to their request for independent arbitration by 3pm this afternoon, the lull in hostilities between the board and the 15 rebel players could end.


"I'm available to play pending the ZCU's response to our request for arbitration," said Streak, although the ZCU has not given any indication whether it is about to give in and reverse its earlier decision not to agree to the request. But The Guardian in London quoted a source as saying that the board was not going to be seen to be "bowing down to a bunch of whites - their egos won't let them".

The most the board seems prepared to offer is mediation, but that will almost certainly be unacceptable to the rebels, who have made it clear that they do not trust the ZCU to honour any assurances it gives. If that is the case, then it will be back to square one, with the rebels refusing to play and Zimbabwe again having to field a weakened side. "Mediation means nothing and if that's their offer that will be that," the source told the newspaper. "The guys will walk, and they won't be back."

The board has given the players until May 7 – the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka - to end their boycott, and it is likely to fire them if they are still holding out at that time.

"Most of us are almost at the point where we wouldn't bat an eyelid if they just fired us," one of the players is quoted as saying. "We're not getting through to these guys. If they say they want to mediate, maybe they think we're bloody fools. They're just not getting us. Mediation is going to take another three weeks, and Zimbabwe cricket can't afford that.

"We're all sick of this, but we're standing strong together. It's very simple: arbitration with those three points and we're all back."

Zimbabwe squad for first Test
Trevor Gripper, Dion Ebrahim, Mark Vermeulen, Brendan Taylor, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Vusi Sibanda, Tatenda Taibu (capt and wk), Elton Chigumbura, Alester Maregwede, Sean Ervine, Heath Streak, Prosper Utseya, Mluleki Nkala, Ray Price, Blessing Mahwire, Douglas Hondo, Tinashe Panyangara.

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