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On this day in cricket, 28 March 2002

Cricketer will not leave tour to attend childbirth

In a break from what is fast becoming a modern cricket convention, off spinner Harry Trapmoor will not return from the England A tour of Zimbabwe to attend the birth of his first child.

The decision by Trapmoor, who is unlikely to take part in England A's final match against the President's XI, has been applauded by those who fear impending fatherhood has become a "green-light" to abandon tours.

Such traditionalists will no doubt also take heart from Trapmoor's decision to remain in Zimbabwe when the touring party returns home next week.

"The manager of one of our hotels offered me a part-time job watering his favourite fig tree," said Trapmoor. "It is something I am vaguely interested in so I will give it a go for a bit. If things go well I might even stay on a little longer for the jam bottling season."

Despite his stance, Trapmoor refuses to altogether rule out the possibility of witnessing childbirth in the future: "If someone else's wife was having a baby and they asked me to go along in their place, to keep an eye on things - I'd be up for that."



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