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Friday, March 11, 2011

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In a frenzied media landscape which calls any sporting feat "heroic", the word hero is vastly overused.

Not so with Henry Olonga. A good fast bowler - perhaps Zimbabwe's third-best ever after Eddo Brandes and Heath Streak - and put more at risk than Andy Flower when speaking out about the Mugabe regime.

Remember Flower was at the end of his international career when he made "those" statements about Zimbabwe, Olonga had only just established himself. Flower also had a significantly greater resume on which to fall back when finding overseas cricketing work - Olonga was just another middle-of-the-road African fast man.

He gave up an awful lot. Hopefully he will be rewarded with further change in Zimbabwe politics.

The Reverse Sweep

Agreed Matthew. Olonga sacrificed his career and had to leave his home too. Let's hope the regime in Zimbabwe doesn't last much longer so that Olonga can go home safely whenever he wants to.

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