According to the news this morning, the question of whether Zimbabwe should be banned from international cricket was not even raised at the ICC meeting in London. TVNZ quotes ICC chairman Ehsan Mani as saying:
"The question was not raised by anyone, so there's no need to discuss it," Mr Mani said.
"The (Australian, New Zealand and British governments) have not got together, and our policy is our policy.
I think someone owes us an explanation - and not just Phil Goff, but also Cricket NZ chairman Martin Sneddon. And while we're at it, perhaps the Black Caps' chief sponsor, the National Bank, could front up and tell us why they are continuing to support a team and a sport which shows so little regard for human rights. According to the Herald this morning, they've said that they "continue to have faith in New Zealand Cricket to make appropriate decisions on this matter". But its fairly clear that NZ Cricket is not making appropriate decisions - and that this is now placing their sponsor's good name at risk. Shouldn't National Bank therefore withdraw its sponsorship?