South African cricket writers join Zimbabwe row

South African cricket journalists have condemned the expulsion from Zimbabwe of The Daily Telegraph’s Mihir Bose and Reuters’ Telford Vice.

They are supporting the Cricket Writers’ Club, which has called on the sport’s governing bodies to stop journalists being harassed by the Zimbabwean authorities.

The South Africans have written to Malcolm Speed, chief executive of the ICC, to protest at the expulsion of the two journalists from the current series between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

The letter described Zimbabwe’s actions as “scandalous” and claimed: “It is unacceptable that journalists should be prevented from carrying out their legitimate duties.”

The journalists have also called on the ICC to curb Zimbabwe’s imposition of a £430 accreditation fee. The letter concludes: “The ICC should take vigorous action to ensure that bonafide cricket journalists are able to carry out their duties in Zimbabwe.”

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