BOB Blair says England's controversial tour of strife-torn Zimbabwe, where he was once national director of coaching, shouldn't be taking place.
And the former Widnes Cricket Club coach and ex-New Zealand Test star is calling for action from the British Government on the issue.
The final go-ahead was given for the one-day series when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) declared the tour 'safe'.
Earlier, the game's world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had shown the green light for the tour.
This followed an official inquiry which found no evidence of racism in Zimbabwean cricket - after allegations to the contrary by former captain Heath Streak and 14 other white cricketers.
But Blair said: 'There is no reason why they should be going. The Government should be doing something about it.'
Confirmation that the trip will be made comes only 18 months after England boycotted a World Cup match in Harare.
There are also human rights issues raised by Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's regime.
Top stars Stephen Harmison and Andrew Flintoff both pulled out of the winter tour on moral grounds before the squad was announced. England could face massive fines from the ICC if they don't tour.
The Foreign Office have reiterated the tour 'is a matter for the cricketing authorities.'
But Blair, 72, who spent eight years in Zimbabwe, said: 'To go there when the country doesn't have the best relationship with them is totally wrong. It is up to the Government to say we don't want you to go.'