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Timeline: The Zimbabwe crisis

January 19, 2006 11:32 IST
Chronology of the Zimbabwe cricket crisis:

2003

Feb 10 - Andy Flower and Henry Olonga wear black armbands in Zimbabwe's opening match of the 2003 World Cup against Namibia in Harare to protest against what they call "death of democracy" in their country.

Feb 13 - Date of England's scheduled World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Harare. The match was cancelled after England refused to travel to the Zimbabwean capital, citing safety concerns.

2004

April 2 - Heath Streak's tenure as captain ends after he questions the composition of the selection panel. Tatenda Taibu, 20, is installed as the youngest international captain ever.

April 15 - Thirteen players with 257 test caps between them go on strike.

April 25 - An inexperienced Zimbabwe team is dismissed for a world-record low 35 in a one-day international against Sri Lanka.

May 10 - The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) fires the rebel players.

June 10 - The International Cricket Council (ICC) suspends Zimbabwe's remaining Tests for 2004.

2005

Sept 1 - Zimbabwe Cricket (formerly the ZCU) announces new, performance-based contracts for players. The players reject the contracts.

Nov 24 - Taibu cuts all ties with Zimbabwean cricket, citing mismanagement by administrators, unhappiness with the new contracts and threats against him and his family.

Dec 5 - ZC chairman Peter Chingoka and managing director Ozias Bvute are arrested under the Exchange Control Act. They are held for two nights for questioning and released without charge.

Dec 22 - The Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers' Association announces that "no player will train or avail himself for national duty". The strike is prompted by dissatisfaction with the "continued tenure" of Chingoka and Bvute, the non-payment of salaries and transport issues.

2006

Jan 6 - Zimbabwe's government takes over the running of cricket in the country with officials saying they are prepared for any repercussions, including the possibility of the southern African nation losing its Test status. Government installs a new interim ZC board, with Chingoka reinstated as chairman.

Jan 18 - The interim board decides to suspend Zimbabwe's participation in Test matches until early 2007 on account of the poor performances of its teams.

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