MPs back cricket tour ban after Bose is deported

MPs have stepped up their demand for the England cricket team to call off their tour to Zimbabwe following the deportation of Daily Telegraph sports journalist Mihir Bose.

He was there to report on the Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka cricket match but was ordered out of the country.

Former Labour sports minister Kate Hoey has joined forces with Shadow Foreign Secretary Michael Ancram and Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik to condemn the Zimbabwean Government for deporting Bose, whom they describe as a “distinguished sports journalist”.

About 40 MPs have backed their plea for the England tour to be cancelled.

In a Commons motion, the MPs said no support was offered to Bose by the Zimbabwean Cricket Union.

The motion said: “The ZANU PF infilitration of the ZCU makes it even more urgent for the tour of Zimbabwe by the England cricket team and the visit of Zimbabwe to England for the ICC matches in September to be called off.”

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