ICC task force on three-day tour of Zimbabwe

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Dubai, Nov 19 (UNI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) task force is on a three-day-tour of Zimbabwe to assess the situation of the strife-torn nation and how to help the troubled team return to the Test fold.

A three-member team led by West Indies board president Julian Hunte will make recommendations to the ICC Board at its January 2009 meeting, which will include constructive strategies and initiatives to assist Zimbabwe to improve its cricket in all respects.

''The team will seek to establish the current state of cricket in Zimbabwe as it relates to the management and development of the game and also to conduct an assessment of the policies and programmes executed to date with the view to restoring the senior team to Test cricket,'' an ICC release said today.

''It is carrying out a detailed inspection of the cricket administration, facilities, resources and capabilities in Zimbabwe, including all areas contained in the Full Member guidelines,'' the statement added.

The task force, also including ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat and Sri Lankan board chief Arjuna Ranatunga, will end its three-day trip later today.

The panel was appointed in July when Zimbabwe agreed to skip next year's World Twenty20 in England to end a deadlock over demands for its suspension from international cricket because of Robert Mugabe's government.

The national team has not played Test cricket since January 2006 following a series of confrontations between senior players and the administration that left the side depleted.

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