New Zealand monitoring unrest in Zimbabwe ahead of tour

New Zealand monitoring unrest in Zimbabwe ahead of tour
New Zealand are scheduled to play two-match Test series against Zimbabwe.
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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is currently monitoring the ongoing social unrest in Zimbabwe ahead of the Black Caps’ tour towards the end of this month.

In Zimbabwe, there was a nationwide strike organised on Wednesday to protest unemployment and unpaid wages whereas there have been reports of several strikes by civil servants, doctors and teachers.

However, NZC has clarified that it has no plans to delay the departure of the team, which will undergo a training camp in Pretoria prior to their tour of Zimbabwe.

The public affairs manager of the NZC Richard Boock told New Zealand Herald that the board will coordinate with Cricket South Africa and the British High Commission in Harare.

"We are monitoring closely what is happening in Zimbabwe.

"There are no plans to delay the players leaving New Zealand.

"While in camp in Pretoria, we will be able to keep an eye on what is going on.

“South Africa A are in Harare at present, and we will be liaising with South Africa Cricket and the British High Commission in Harare."

South Africa A are currently in Zimbabwe while recently India have also successfully completed a limited overs tour of the country without any untoward incidents.

New Zealand are scheduled to play a tour game against Zimbabwe A in Harare before embarking on the two-match Test series which begins on 28th June.

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