Our Shona is a big fan of Zimbabwe. For those who hadn’t already caught on, her chosen internet name gives some clue as to her roots way back when – as Shona once had family in a country called Rhodesia. “Once” being the operative word. A twist and turn of fate and she might have been born in Africa. Perhaps some day Shona will have a chance to see her family’s old home. I know she would like that as she has a spot in her soul that needs filling and a visit to Zimbabwe might help.
Zimbabwe’s team at Cricket World Cup has only one player with previous World Cup experience, this because of the 2004 incident where 15 players were turfed from the team because they were of the white race. President “for life” Robert Mugabe’s reforms extend to far more than stealing land from the poor and butchering families of opponents – they touch everything in the country and cricket is no exception.
Nobody expects much from Zimabawe’s team. Even their presence is a sad reminder of what might have been before race politics raised it’s ugly head.