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ACB chief to be grilled by players over safety

By Will Swanton 04/02/2003 05:40:56 AM Comments (0)

Australian Cricket Board chief executive James Sutherland is expected to be grilled by concerned players tomorrow about security measures for the World Cup match against Zimbabwe on February 24.

Sutherland, ACB general manager Michael Brown and Australian Cricketers' Association president Tim May flew into Johannesburg this afternoon.

They immediately took the two-hour drive to Potchefstroom, where Australia's High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, Jonathan Brown, was waiting.

Jonathan Brown will brief the ACB officials before they pass on all information to the team, most likely following a practice game against North West.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting admitted the non-stop focus on a possible boycott had become annoying and distracting, with his side anxious for a final decision.

The ACB has always said the game at Bulawayo will go ahead as scheduled - while leaving the door open for a change of heart if safety concerns increased.

This has been the case in the past week.

Jonathan Brown spent two days in Bulawayo before writing a report described as "disturbing" by the Australian government, warning of widespread protests by opposition parties to president Robert Mugabe and violent reactions from police.

There were also reports of terrorist activity in Zimbabwe and South Africa if the United States declared war on Iraq.

Australia's 50-overs-a-side match begins at 10am tomorrow local time (7pm Tuesday, AEDT).

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