Zimbabwe news June 8, 2012

Zimbabwe tri-series to be televised

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The unofficial Twenty20 tri-series between Zimbabwe, South Africa and Bangladesh in Harare this month will be broadcast on television, even though it was initially thought the series would not be televised.

South African broadcaster SuperSport confirmed they would screen the seven-match event live, as part of their commitment to both Cricket south Africa (CSA) and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC). The rights have also been sold to Bangladesh television.

"We are proud partners and want to showcase the talents of youngsters like Chris Morris, Colin Ingram and Richard Levi," Brandon Foot, head of acquisitions and legal for SuperSport, said. "With South Africa's tour of England also due, I've little doubt that interest will be at a premium, notwithstanding the unofficial status."

Organisation for the series finally appears to have come a full circle as it graduated from a five-match bilateral event between South Africa and Zimbabwe to a tournament that also includes Bangladesh.

Although the Zimbabwe board had said the costs of television production would be too much for it to bear, the inclusion of Bangladesh eased some of the monetary concerns and paved the way for the series to be broadcast. The matches will be without official status because the competition is outside the Future Tour Programme.

South Africa initially requested the tour as part of their planning for the World Twenty20 and named a young squad without regular captain AB de Villiers. Bangladesh asked to be part of the series after their request to play ODIs in South Africa was turned down by CSA, who said they could not accommodate any additional matches. ZC then restructured the event so South Africa would still only need to spend a week in the country to play four matches.

While South Africa will use the series as part of the build up to the full tour of England starting in July, for Zimbabwe it is a rare opportunity to play competitive cricket before the World Twenty20. Zimbabwe have not played since their January tour of New Zealand and only have this series and a triangular A series against South Africa A and Sri Lanka A in July.

Zimbabwe's scheduled hosting of Bangladesh in August was postponed because of maintenance work on the pitches in Harare and Bulawayo. Bangladesh were also in danger of not playing enough matches before the World Twenty20. After their Zimbabwe tour was pushed back, Bangladesh tried to engage South Africa for a series, but were rejected. They have since secured matches against Ireland and Netherlands.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Its amazing that up coming teams like BD and zim are struggling for games yet the more established cricket nations are awash with tours and yet ICC expects them to perform. its simple ICC, its time to step in and have mandatory tours for every member.

  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Yay, decent cricket on tv after a drought. Come on Zim, make the most of this why don't you!!

  • Jawwad123 on June 11, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I initially didn't other about Shakib's exclusion but now that it's going to be televised I wish Shakib was playing!!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on June 10, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    which channel will be telivised?

  • dummy4fb on June 10, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    This world cup preparation could boost our confidence,but also can go a long way in destroying moral and confidence of the players .Thank to selector Choppa,Kelvin Kasuza are included in the provisional squad .I think its high time RAZA become part of the team.In Zim team who can match the standards of Levi if not Raza.

  • murraymckechnie on June 9, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    I think it's helpful that the tournament isn't official. This gives the teams (especially South Africa) a chance to test their depth without worrying about rankings etc. This is shown by Shakib being allowed a deserved rest which is good for him and gives the rest of the team a chance.

  • dummy4fb on June 9, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Though the series will be pretty one-sided,I like the fact that teams like Zimbabwe are getting more chances to play against better teams. They were not so bad 10 years ago when they had some very good players like Heath Streak and Flower.The associate nations should get more opportunities and I think that keeping 14 teams in 2015 World Cup is not a bad idea.

  • Rezwan1492 on June 9, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Well since these matches are just for practice purpose so the matches are classified as unofficial. But yes, since three International teams are playing so they can classify the tri-series as official.

  • 9ST9 on June 9, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    @Emdadullah - as much as I am a fan of BD ,i couldn't help saying that "Bangladesh's inclusion facilitates broadcast" simply due to the large number of spectators there. Even in the early 2000's when India were performing badly they were still big attractions. It's all about the numbers mate. But I have to add BD really are an Exciting team.

  • Rafelgibt on June 9, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    The matches will be without official status because the competition is outside the Future Tour Programme.>>>>Can anybody help me out what this statement suppose to mean???When 3 international teams are competing with each other and then still it goes UNOFFICIAL????Its really ridiculous.......And i demand this tournament for getting the tag of International...........If WIN or LOSS doesn't count in your tally though you are international then whats the point of playing and telecasting????

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