Exiled cricketer due to visit Ipswich

EXILED former Zimbabwean cricketer Henry Olonga was due to visit an Ipswich school today. Mr Olonga, who vehemently opposes dictator Robert Mugabe's regime, is spending the day at St Matthew's Primary School in Ipswich, before going to an evening event at St Matthew's Church.

EXILED former Zimbabwean cricketer Henry Olonga was due to visit an Ipswich school today.

Mr Olonga, who vehemently opposes dictator Robert Mugabe's regime, is spending the day at St Matthew's Primary School in Ipswich, before going to an evening event at St Matthew's Church.

Mr Olonga, with his captain Andy Flower, used the Zimbabwe's opening match in the 2003 Cricket World Cup make a silent protest about political repression in their country by wearing black arm bands.

Their moral stance led to both men having to leave the country and resulted in the end of Mr Olonga's professional cricketing career.

He now lives in England, where he is a Christian speaker and musician.

The former fast bowler will be sharing his experiences and playing some of his music while in Ipswich.

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Kelly Tattersall, deputy head at St Matthew's primary school said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our children to meet and engage with a remarkable man whose faith and determination are an inspiration to us all.”