Sydney - Cricket Australia says it is closely monitoring the
security situation in Zimbabwe after a bomb blast at an election rally but
Australia's tour there next month will proceed at this stage.
Two people died and 49 were wounded when a bomb exploded at
an election rally in Bulawayo Saturday in what is thought to have been an
attempt on the life of Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Zimbabweans will go the polls June 30 in their first
election since long-serving President Robert Mugabe was forced from office in a
Cricket Australia said on Tuesday it is closely monitoring
developments in Zimbabwe where Australia is due to play a Twenty20 Tri Series
with Pakistan and Zimbabwe from July 1 to 8.
"The safety and security of our players and support
staff is paramount and, as always, we will take advice from the relevant
Australian authorities," a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.
Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has
warned that "instances of conflict cannot be ruled out in the lead-up to,
during and soon after the election." In a travel warning, it said
"the security situation could deteriorate quickly."