25 Feb 2009

Zimbabwe tour postponement welcomed

4:01 pm on 25 February 2009

The Government has welcomed a report that a cricket tour of Zimbabwe by the Black Caps will be postponed by a year.

Website Cricinfo says New Zealand Cricket and Zimbabwe Cricket agreed to postpone the July tour after discussions between their chief executives at an International Cricket Council meeting in Johannesburg.

Prime Minister John Key earlier said he would consider taking action to stop the tour because New Zealand does not support the Robert Mugabe regime.

A spokesperson for Mr Key says the postponement of the tour until 2010 is a good outcome.

Players happy

Players Association head Heath Mills has welcomed the decision, saying a number of players have spoken to him recently about their concerns at touring the troubled African country.

Mr Mills says the situation in Zimbabwe may be different in 18 months, and the Government would be more open to the side travelling there.

Mr Mills says the resulting extra few weeks' break will also be appreciated by the players in the middle of a long season.