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Zimbabwe confident England will
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March 31, 2003 16:01 IST
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Zimbabwe will tour England this year, confident that England will honour their planned tour of the southern African country in 2004, Zimbabwe Cricket Union managing director Vince Hogg told the BBC on Sunday.

The ZCU decided on Saturday to go ahead with a tour of England starting in May, despite England's boycott of their World Cup match in strife-torn Zimbabwe last month.

"We have assurances that they (England) are looking to tour Zimbabwe in October 2004 and we are looking forward to the tour," Hogg said.

"England have learnt from their experience," he added. "They expressed regrets and I'm sure they don't want a repeat of the World Cup situation."

Hogg said Zimbabwe are still disappointed by England's decision not to play their match in Harare on February 13.

"We do feel let down," he said. "We gave every assurance about security and it was proved quite categorically that everything was fine and they could have come to Zimbabwe."

Zimbabwe are due to play two Tests in England, at Lord's and Chester-le-Street, Durham, and a one-day tournament against the hosts and South Africa.

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