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May appeals to ICC over Zimbabwe crisis

12/05/2004 05:45:24 AM Comments (0)

Australian cricket players' representative Tim May is reportedly making a dash to Dubai in a desperate attempt to convince the International Cricket Council to intervene in the Zimbabwe team crisis.

The world Test and one-day international champions leave for Africa to play a hopelessly outclassed second-string Zimbabwe team after the Zimbabwe Cricket Union fired 15 white players who were in conflict with the board over selection issues.

The Australian newspaper reports May will meet ICC operations manager Dave Richardson in Dubai on Friday hoping the game's governing body can resolve the Zimbabwe situation which is damaging the credibility of international cricket.

Chief executive of the Australian Cricketers Association and the Federation of International Cricketers Associations, May believes if the crisis continues the ICC must scrap the program which demands all 10 Test playing nations play each other regularly.

"If this cannot be resolved, the program should be thrown out and the top six nations should play against each other," May told The Australian.

While there are severe penalties running into millions of dollars for teams that do not agree to play home-and-away matches against every other Test nation twice in a 10-year period, there is nothing that demands a country must field its best team.

"There must be quality controls to maintain the standard of Test cricket," said May who left Australia. "This (crisis) makes cricket look stupid."

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