If I was even more cynical than I am, I would suspect the Government doesn’t actually want to stop the cricket tour to Zimbabwe, it just wants to be able to keep banging on in public about how it is going to try and do something.
Now I am very much against the Government forbidding any private organisation from travelling overseas and playing sport.
However if it is the case they NZ Cricket really do not want to go, and the only reason they won’t cancel is the $2.8 million fine, then the Government could of course simply agree to pay the fine. I mean they managed to find $500 million out of the blue just last week.
The solution is in Clark’s hands. But then, that would remove the ability to keep talking about the issue for weeks on end.