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Zimbabwe National Team Suspended from Cricket Test Matches

For the second time in two years, Zimbabwe's cricket board has suspended its national team from test matches. The latest decision, announced in Harare Wednesday, affects the team for the rest of 2006.

Zimbabwe Cricket Interim Board Chairman Peter Chingoka says the decision was because of recent poor performances by the national and "A" teams. Zimbabwe will continue playing one-day matches.

The move comes just 11 days after players called off a planned strike. The players had wanted to quit the team after President Robert Mugabe's government took over cricket administration.

However, players decided to negotiate with Zimbabwe Cricket over back pay, new contracts and match fees due since last year.

Zimbabwe has lost seven of its last 10 test matches by an innings and has lost 26 of its last 28 one-day internationals, many by huge margins.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.