A new book by Henry Olonga has just been released, called Blood Sweat & Treason tells the story of his childhood in Zimbabwe, of his gradual realisation that he was living in a dictatorship, of his battle to reach the very top as a black cricketer and how he sacrificed his position to do something he hoped would make a difference.
For those of you who don’t know Henry Olonga, he was actually born in Lusaka, Zambia but played cricket for Zimbabwe. He made his Test match debut against Pakistan at Harare in 1995 aged just 18 years and 212 days, making him the youngest player to represent Zimbabwe.
A right arm fast bowler, he holds the record for the best bowling in a one-day international by a Zimbabwean, with figures of 6/19 against England at Cape Town in 2000. He was also the first black cricketer to play for Zimbabwe and is the third Zambian-born Test cricketer after Phil Edmonds and Neal Radford of England.
Black Armband Protest
Henry Olonga along with Andy Flower made international headlines when during the 2003 World Cup they wore black armbands to protest against the “death of democracy” in Zimbabwe. Widely praised for his bravery, the act ensured that Olonga played no meaningful part in the remainder of the competition and was later branded a traitor, sentenced to death in his absence and forced to dramatically flee his homeland and his family.
Where to Buy Blood, Sweat and Treason
Currently available in Hardcover it is available online through Amazon, in the UK and US
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