Key moments in Zimbabwe's cricket crisis

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 04, 2008 11:48 hrs

Chronology of the Zimbabwe cricket crisis:

2003

Feb 10 - Zimbabwe players Andy Flower and Henry Olonga wear black armbands in their opening 2003 World Cup game against Namibia in Harare to protest against what they call "death of democracy" in their country.

Feb 13 - England's scheduled World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Harare is cancelled after England refuse to travel, citing safety concerns.

2004

April 2 - Heath Streak's tenure as captain ends after he questions the composition of the selection panel. Tatenda Taibu, 20, is installed as the youngest international captain ever.

April 15 - Thirteen Zimbabwe players with 257 test caps between them go on strike.

April 25 - An inexperienced Zimbabwe team is dismissed for a world-record low 35 in a one-day international against Sri Lanka.

May 10 - The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) fires the rebel players.

June 10 - The International Cricket Council (ICC) suspends Zimbabwe's remaining tests for 2004.

2005

Sept 1 - Zimbabwe Cricket (formerly the ZCU) announces new, performance-based contracts for the squad, but the players reject them.

Nov 24 - Captain Taibu cuts all ties with Zimbabwean cricket, citing mismanagement by administrators, unhappiness with the new contracts and threats against him and his family.

Dec 5 - ZC chairman Peter Chingoka and managing director Ozias Bvute are arrested under the country's Exchange Control Act. They are held for two nights for questioning and released without charge.

Dec 22 - The Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers' Association announces "no player will train or avail himself for national duty", prompted by dissatisfaction with the "continued tenure" of Chingoka and Bvute, non-payment of salaries and transport issues.

2006

Jan 6 - Zimbabwe's government takes over the running of cricket with officials saying they are prepared for any repercussions, including the possibility of the southern African nation losing its test status. Government installs a new interim ZC board, with Chingoka reinstated as chairman.

Jan 18 - The interim board decides to suspend Zimbabwe's participation in test matches until early 2007 on account of the poor performances of its teams.

2007

May 31 - The ICC decides the team should not return to test matches until it shows it can perform at the required standard. Zimbabwe drop out of test rankings list in July.

2008

March - An independent audit finds serious irregularities in the Zimbabwe board accounts. The ICC does not call for any sanction, decides there is no evidence of criminality and no individuals had gained financially.

April 25 - ICC's outgoing CEO, Australian Malcolm Speed, is asked to go on leave until his end of contract, indicating major differences among top officials over Zimbabwe.

June 23 - Cricket South Africa, traditional supporter of Zimbabwe, suspends domestic cricketing ties with its neighbour.

June 25 - The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) cancels Zimbabwe's 2009 tour of England and suspends all bilateral ties under instructions from the British government, amid rising violence over a controversial presidential election run-off.

July 4 - Zimbabwe Cricket agrees to pull out of next year's World Twenty20 in England, ending a deadlock in the governing body over calls to sanction the Zimbabwe board.

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