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Zimbabwe Violence Jeopardizes Proposed Australian Cricket Tour

Heightened political unrest and violence in Zimbabwe is casting doubt on a proposed tour of the country by the Australian national cricket team in September.

Cricket Australia Operations Manager Michael Brown has been quoted as saying that his country will carefully consider the situation before proceeding with the tour.

Brown said he is focused at present on the World Cup in the Caribbean, but will look at the Zimbabwean question when he returns to Australia next week.

Meanwhile, Highlanders Football Club officials say they will attempt to leverage their status as underdogs on Sunday in Cairo in their return match with Al Ahly in a bit to move to the next round of the Africa Champions League.

Insiders worry Egypt could use psychological warfare on its home ground to frustrate the Highlanders - but the team says it is ready for whatever Egypt may present.

The Highlanders were to leave for Egypt on Thursday.

Sports reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe turned to Highlanders Chairman Ernest Sibanda for his thoughts on the upcoming match.

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