zim cricket.jpgThe International Cricket Council’s move to investigate alleged foul play in Zimbabwe’s 91 run loss to Australia has been widely castigated by cricket observers who say such a move indicates lack of respect and belief in the strides being made by Zimbabwean cricket.

 

 

Former South Africa and current Mashonaland Eagles head coach Andrew Hall who has castigated assertions of possible match fixing by Australian batsmen in Zimbabwe’s encounter with the Australians on the 21st of  February.

 

Despite going on to lose by 91 runs, Hall gave praise to Zimbabwe’s spin attack against Australia, rubbishing claims of a secret match fixing conspiracy on the part of Australian batsmen who clearly struggled to score.

 

Zimbabwe Cricket’s National development manager, Nicholas Singo together with cricket fans echoed Andrew Hall’s sentiments in light of the fact that Zimbabwean bowlers are highly rated especially Ray Price who is number four on world ODI bowlers rankings.

 

Even members of the public called for the ICC to give recognition to Zimbabwe’s impressive bowling display.

 

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is privately investigating the match between the Australia and Zimbabwe World Cup match played in Ahmedabad after Australian openers, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin batted slowly in the first 10 overs.

 

The two openers scored just 28 in 11 overs and 53 in 15 overs in a match that Australia eventually won comfortably but the slow rate of scoring in the first two overs was scrutinized by the ICC anti-corruption and security unit. Sources aware of developments said the ICC ACSU had carried out a quiet review of the match after questions were raised over the slow start taken by Watson and Haddin.