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Bright summer day wasted in Harare

Harare: Not much moved at Harare Sports Club on Thursday morning, not even the flags. They hung limply on a bright Zimbabwean summer’s day that cried out for a cricket match.

Instead, the flags adorned the match that never was — the group A game between Zimbabwe and England originally scheduled to be played in Harare on February 13. Matches between Zimbabwe and England, have tended to generate a lot of emotion.

Former England coach David Lloyd infamously declared his team had “flippin’ murdered ’em” in a drawn Bulawayo Test match, while Andy Flower had a reply when asked months ago what would be the biggest shock result of the 2003 Cup. “England to beat Zimbabwe,” he quipped.

But there was no humour at all in the gloomy scene at Harare Sports Club on Thursday morning. (Reuters)

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