Monday, July 04, 2005

Silly Point

In today's Herald the Executive director of Amnesty International NZ has the only rational solution to the controversy over the NZ cricket tour of Zimbabwe
"If they decide not to protest by refusing to go, they must protest some other way."

However the Green Party have a 'solution' to the Zimbabwe cricket tour issue - reactionary ad hoc Terri Schiavo style legislation.
This bill is deeply flawed and potenially dangerous and will not achieve anything positive for anyone including NZ Cricket and especially those suffering under Mugabe's regime.
Those who are prescribing the impractical solution are not the ones having to swallow it. I'll be interested to see whether these same opportunistic souls jumping on the Anti-Zimabawe tour bandwagon will be opposing the NZ participation in the Chinese Olympic Games come 2008.
(By the way, if you are idealistic enought to support sporting sanctions against China - I ask you to inspect the underside of the computer mouse you're using right now and read the words "Made in China". Remember kids, victory begins at home.)

The Zimbabwe Cricket Union could actually stand to gain more in dollar terms if there was a cancellation by NZ Cricket. The compensation they would recieve from NZC via the ICC will be based on the ZCU's own inflated estimates of gate-takings and TV revenue, and they will still play their games against India and South Africa, both far bigger cricketing drawcards for television and ticket sales than New Zealand. The ZCU would also gain considerable sympathy from many of the "non-white" national boards over this issue, further solidyfing Zimbabwe's position within the ICC and widening the white/non-white divide even further. The fact that the other 'white' nations - England and Australia have toured Zimbabwe recently makes our case for a non-tour look even weaker. If Phil Goff was actually serious about finding a constructive solution, India and South Africa would be the first nations to open dialogue with. Australia may 'support' us but are they going to ban any future Zimbabwe cricket tours and risk their 2011 Cricket World Cup bid? I think not.

So should we destroy New Zealand's leading summer sport purely for principles that we as a nation only seem to believe in when it is convinient and/or an election year?
If we wish to pursue sanctions against Zimbabwe it must not be done in a reactionary cynical way, but rather with other like-minded countries in an effective and realistic manner that could actually instigate change in the country rather than the ineffectual moral posturing we are witnessing now.

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