|Quoting MKEdude (Reply 8):|
My friends in NZ were telling me that the Black Caps tour of Zimbabwe was causing a great row. There were many calling for a sports boycott to protest the human rights violations going on in Zimbabwe. How was this resolved?
Right. This is the background.
Human rights abuses in Zimbabwe have meant that various tours to the country have been strongly opposed. England were scheduled to go there last year, and just about no-one wanted them to go. However, the ICC (cricket's governing body) will not allow moral considerations to be taken into account when deciding whether or not to go. If a government forbids the team to go, that's a different matter, but the British Government pointed out that whilst they would prefer
them not to go, they had no power to stop them. The ECB, the English governing body also wanted to pull out, but the ICC then said that if they withdrew on moral grounds, they would be subject to a massive fine and a possible banning from international cricket. Whether the ICC would have had the balls to go through with that is another matter. So England went, albeit under protest.
Now, when it came to New Zealand's turn to go, exactly the same issues arose, and also exactly the same difficulty. The New Zealand government are equally powerless to compel the team to stay away, and thus New Zealand were also threatened with sanctions if they didn't fulfill their obligation to tour. What made that worse was that the England tour had set the precedent.
So New Zealand had to go, but weren't happy about it.
Now, New Zealand politicians did say that they did
have the power to ban Zimbabwe from entering the country when Zimbabwe are next scheduled to go there. Not sure whether that was bluster or not though.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.