These are the cricketers who had landed in the field wearing black bands against the government of their own country, then had to leave the country.

Digital Desk (Bhopal). About 17 years ago in 2003, two cricketers at the Harare Cricket Ground in Zimbabwe did something that it became a significant movement in history. At present, the peasant movement is going on in India and there is a lot of uproar over the movement of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Many Indian cricketers have also given advice on the movement, but two Zimbabwean cricketers, Henry Olonga and Andy Flower, plunged into a black belt against the government of their own country and gave a deep injury to the Zimbabwean Robert Mugabe government. That day was recorded due to a special movement in history.

Indeed, Zimbabwe’s domestic conditions in 2003 were not good. The result was also visible on the cricket there. The team’s involvement in the 2003 World Cup was also suspected. However, the team qualified for the World Cup. But what the team’s two key players Henry Olonga and Andy Flower did on the field became an example.

In Harare Zimbabwe’s first match, fast bowler Henry Olanga and veteran batsman Andi Flower set an example of bravery and self-respect. Both the players landed on the ground with a black stripe. He was against the attitude of Robert Mugabe’s government in the country. He called it a ‘murder of democracy’ in the country. The ICC considered this act of these two players to be political, but refused to take any action against them. However, both the players had to retire from cricket after this and both were expelled. Both left the country and left. Henry Olonga now lives in England with his family.

The match played on 10 February was won by Zimbabwe, but it is remembered as the biggest victory of these two players in their personal lives. Then when Martin Williamson spoke to Henry Olonga about the Black Armband protests at the 2003 World Cup, he said that it was not easy to make that decision. Henry knew that the situation would become more difficult for him after this.

On 10 February, the crucial match was to be played from Namibia to continue Zimbabwe’s World Cup campaign at the Harare Sports Club. But an hour before the match began, peace was shattered when it was revealed that Henry Olonga and Andy Flower, two senior players, were going to use the occasion to stage a public protest. The two created a sensation by issuing statements in the media that they would tie the black bandage on this day and “celebrate it as mourning the demise of democracy in the country”.


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