Last week, controversial former Zimbabwean fast bowler Henry Olonga appeared in the Blind Auditions of The Voice Australia – and he impressed, getting chair turns from Delta Goodrem, Boy George and Kelly Rowland (Coach Guy Sebastian was the only outlier).
The 42-year-old sang “This Is The Moment” by Andrew Warlow from the musical Jekkyl & Hyde – and it was his moment!
Olanga was Zimbabwe’s first black player when he debuted in 1995 and played 30 tests and 50 ODIs before his career ended after the 2003 World Cup. At this event, it was a contentious gesture that curtailed his innings – in protest of the ongoing regime of Robert Mugabe, he and teammate Andy Flower took to the field wearing black armbands “mourning the death of democracy.”
Subsequent to this he was ostracized and exiled, spending time in a safe house before fleeing to Britain and then Australia with his wife Tara and their children, Talika and Lianna.
His Voice performance attracted some positive feedback from the cricket fraternity on Twitter – our own Shaun Pollock called it a “great job”, while former Australia head coach Darren Lehmann said it was a “great performance.”
For the record, he opted for #TeamKelly – and we wish him all the best in the competition!