England vs. Zimbabwe: In the aftermath of the disputed 2008 presidential election in Zimbabwe, the English Cricket Board, following South Africa's lead, cut ties with its Zimbabwean counterpart, forcing the cancelation of Zimbabwe's planned 2009 English tour. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke forcefully in favor of the move in the House of Commons and called for other countries to follow the ban.
This was not the first time the two countries had sparred over cricket. In 2003, England refused to play a Cricket World Cup match in Harare, forfeiting the game, and in 2004, England's team threatened to cancel a planned tour of Zimbabwe, agreeing to play only at the last minute. Above, players on the field during the Twenty20 cricket world championship match between England and Zimbabwe on Sept. 13, 2007.