Recently the UK Govt lead by Gordon Brown has said it wanted to Ban all the Zimbabwean sports men and women from participating in any sports in the UK. If this is successful, Benjani would be deported, Cara Black wont be coming for wimbledon and Nick Price will not be able to participate in any of the golf tornaments in the UK.
The British government has no plans for a blanket ban on sportsmen from Zimbabwe, Prime Minister Gordon Brown's spokesperson said on Tuesday, rebuffing a report from the BBC.
The spokesperson said Downing Street had been "surprised" by the report suggesting that Britain was considering a ban in a bid to step up the pressure on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.
"It is not the case that the prime minister is considering a blanket ban on Zimbabwe's sportsmen," the spokesperson said.
He said it was up to the English cricket authorities to decide whether a planned tour to England by the Zimbabwe cricket team went ahead.
"If they decided they want to ban Zimbabwe, we would support them," he said.
Citing "Downing Street sources", the BBC's Inside Sport programme said
Brown was keen to take a tough stance against Mugabe and that might include banning Zimbabweans from competing on British soil.
The Zimbabwe cricket team are due to play two five-day matches and three one-day internationals next summer.
Any ban would meet strong opposition from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) would have to pay an estimated
?225 000 in compensation under ICC rules if the one-day matches were cancelled.
The ECB have already held talks with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union to try to reach a financial settlement to call off the tour.
There would be no penalty for scrapping the five-day games as Zimbabwe is no longer classed as a Test-playing nation.
Any ban would also jeopardise England's hosting of the ICC's WorldTwenty20 tournament, a shortened version of cricket, in 2009.
The BBC said the 2012 London Olympics would not be affected by a ban because the British government has signed the host city contract that guarantees entry into the country for anybody with International Olympic Committee accreditation. ? AFP