Sport: Cricket Tours of Zimbabwe

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have expressed support for the decision of the Government of Australia to order the Australian Cricket Board to cancel the Australian team's tour of Zimbabwe; and whether they will take similar action with the England and Wales Cricket Board in the future.

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The Government note with interest the decision by the Australian Government to threaten to ban the Australian cricket team from playing in Zimbabwe later this year.

Both the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport wrote to Ehsan Mani, president of the International Cricket Council, in 2005 asking whether the ICC could reflect on the current situation and take a view on whether it sees international cricket fixtures against Zimbabwe as appropriate while such widespread human rights abuses are taking place.

An England and Wales Cricket Board team is not due to travel to Zimbabwe until 2012, and we will be discussing the tour with the ECB closer to the time.

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