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Post by SaMeeR on Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:06 am

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England tour continues to be major doubt

UK government will back ECB over Zimbabwe tour

Cricinfo staff

March 4, 2008

The UK government has said it will support the ECB if they decide to cancel Zimbabwe's tour of England next year although denied reports it was considering a blanket ban on sportsmen from the country.

The BBC's Inside Sport programme cited "Downing Street sources" and said that Prime Minister Gordon Brown was keen to take a tough stance against the Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and that banning Zimbabweans from competing on British soil could be part of that.

However, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said the government had been "surprised" by the story and added: "It is not the case that the Prime Minister is considering a blanket ban on Zimbabwe's sportsmen."

The spokesman also said that a decision on Zimbabwe's tour was down to the ECB. "If they decided they want to ban Zimbabwe, we would support them."

The future of the tour has been a long-running debate. The prospect of refusing to host Zimbabwe would run into strong opposition from the ICC and could put England's staging of the ICC World Twenty20, due for June 2009, in jeopardy. Zimbabwe are due to play two Tests and three one-day internationals next summer although they are yet to return to the Test scene following their self-imposed suspension.

The ECB would have to pay an estimated 225,000 in compensation under ICC rules if the one-day matches were cancelled. They have already held talks with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union to try to reach a financial settlement to call off the tour.

A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said: "There are ongoing discussions between the government and the ECB, but no decisions have been made."

An ECB spokesman added the board would not comment until it had discussed the matter with government officials. Last month the foreign secretary David Miliband said a Zimbabwean tour of England would be inappropriate. "The situation in Zimbabwe is obviously deeply concerning. I think that bilateral cricket tours at the moment don't send the right message about our concern."

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based on this LEO, should we not have Zim in our cricket AF Premier League?
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Post by marcussjd9 on Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:11 am

Talk of a blanket ban on all zimbabwean sportsman competing in England!
They would still be able to compete in the Olympics due to some treaty!
But could impact on the Football World Cup bid if they qualififed for it!
Also one of the wimbledon doubles champions wouldnt be able to defend her title this year!
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Post by keeper13 on Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:12 am

hey have said a ban on all sportsmen wont happen
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Post by bellie on Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:06 am

i dont see y it sould be called off
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