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It's Not Just Cricket in World Cup Run-up

Just a week before the first ball is due to be bowled in the eighth Cricket World Cup, the talk on Sunday wasn’t about champions and challengers about but the boycotts, riots, forfeits and fines. New Zealand have already refused to play in Kenya; England are considering a boycott of a game in Zimbabwe; and several more players have said they are worried about travelling to the two countries because of civil unrest or terrorist threats. Opponents of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe have threatened riots if England play while Kenya has accused New Zealand of handing a victory to terrorism by refusing the play their February 21 game in Nairobi. The governments of Britain and Australia have accused Mugabe and his regime of human rights violations by causing such economic chaos in the country that 6,7 million people – more than half the population – face starvation. The New Zealand players, having already witnessed a car bomb explosion that killed 14 people in front of their hotel in Karachi last May, also were alarmed by a terrorist explosion in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa in November, when 15 died. Full Story

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