Cricket

Zimbabwe beats Bangladesh

Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Text by: Daniel Brown
2 min

On 4th August, Zimbabwe returned to the international Test cricket scene after being away for six years - for political, social and sporting reasons. They beat Bangladesh in Harare.For one observer, the much-trumpeted win was particulalry poignant.

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 Henry Olonga had been a fast bowler who made his Test debut for Zimbabwe in 1995, aged 18. It was against Pakistan - the Zimbabweans' next opponent - on 1st September.

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But just when he seemed destined to follow a sparkling international career, Olonga was banned for wearing a black armband during a World Cup match, in protest at the policies of President Robert Mugabe.

 

Accused of treason, Olonga fled for his life to England. He was with fellow-protester Andy Flower, the current England cricket coach. And recently, the thirty-five year old decided to write his story.

The book came out in June 2010, and has been nominated for Best Autobiography at the British Sports Book Awards 2011. Co-written by Derek Clements, its success has taken Olonga by surprise.

Blood, Sweat and Treason is published by Vision Sports Publishing. It has just been updated to include the reaction of the Zimbabwe's current government.

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