The rapidly deteriorating situation in the country will have many effects, but one of the (admittedly less important, given the many other problems) repercussions of recent developments will be that those in the ICC who have previously argued that politics and sport shouldn’t mix may now have to face facts and withdraw support for the Zimbabwean cricketing authorities. Cricket may even have a small part to play in the development of a more stable future for Zimbabwe.
Sporting boycotts and semi-political pressure have a history in the region, of course. Whilst the circumstances of the South African boycott cannot be directly compared to what’s happening at the moment, even the players realise that some things are more important to the so-called ‘Spirit of Cricket‘ than million-dollar matches.
I’m not pretending to be an expert on the situation, but it’s clear to me that anyone involved in cricket should be using whatever authority they have to help, rather than hoping the problem will go away.