Thorpe may boycott Zimbabwe tour
Friday 30 April 2004
Graham Thorpe has not ruled out the possibility of boycotting England's autumn tour to Zimbabwe.
The England batsman is playing for Surrey in the County Championship following his return from the Test series in the West Indies. But he has criticised the Government and the England and Wales Cricket Board for not making a firm decision on whether the team should play in the African nation later this year.
"I don't agree with what is going on in Zimbabwe but I am a cricketer and if the Government and your cricket board do not make decisions for you, as a cricketer you have to decide whether you become a politician overnight," Thorpe said.
"It is unfair to feel under pressure to make a decision about whether to tour Zimbabwe. It is a bit hard to be throwing moral judgements at cricket when that is what they [the Government and the ECB] do for a living. [The tour] is in four months' time ... I will make my decision then. As the clock ticks more questions get asked and all you can do is be honest. I can't definitely say 'I would tour'. It [playing for England] is like being in the army - sometimes they have to go to places they don't want to as well."
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