The Herald reports this morning that John Key and his National government are highly likely to tell NZ Cricket not to tour Zimbabwe in July.
Whilst we at Keeping Stock (me, myself and I) would rather that politics and sport were kept seperate, Zimbabwe is our exception to the rule. Under no circumstances should New Zealand be contemplating a cricket tour to a country run by a madman such as Mugabe. And we have just heard Justin Vaughan, CEO of NZ Cricket telling the RadioSport audience that the Black Caps do not want to go, for a variety of reasons - cholera being one!
New Zealand Cricket faces stiff fines from the ICC if it abandons the tour off its own bat (pardon the cricketing pun), but will escape censure if the government forces the tour's cancellation. Zimbabwe is the last country with whom we should have sporting contacts right now, and we have no problem with the New Zealand government taking the same stance as its Australian and British counterparts.