Australia Arrive in Zimbabwe for ODI Triseries After 10 Years of Boycott

Australia's government directed its cricket team in the mid-2000s not to tour Zimbabwe because of long-time president Robert Mugabe, describing him as a dictator.

updated: August 22, 2014 11:01 IST
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Australian cricket player Mitchell Marsh talks to the press upon arrival at Harare International airport, Zimbabwe Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Australia is in Zimbabwe for a triangular ODI series with Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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Harare: The Australian cricket team arrived for their first tour of Zimbabwe in a decade on Thursday, promising to play hard and shrugging off questions over the trip.

Australia avoided playing in the troubled southern African country for 10 years from 2004 because of the rule of long-time president Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party, which has been criticised by human rights organisations.

Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh, whose father Geoff once coached Zimbabwe, was asked at Harare International Airport on Thursday if it was right to come to Zimbabwe now. Marsh replied: "I'm not the right person to ask."

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