Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2013

Sri Lanka's Zimbabwe tour in doubt

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

August 30, 2013

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Kumar Sangakkara and Jeevan Mendis run for overthrows, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Group C, World T20 2012, Hambantota, September 18, 2012
Sri Lanka Cricket and Zimbabwe Cricket Union are in discussions regarding Sri Lanka's impending tour of Zimbabwe © Associated Press
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Sri Lanka's tour of Zimbabwe is in doubt with the SLC saying the hosts have sought a postponement. Sri Lanka were scheduled to tour Zimbabwe from October 6 to November 4 for two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s.

"We received an e-mail from the Zimbabwe Cricket Union seeking a postponement of the tour and the reason given was 'due to unavoidable circumstances'," Nishantha Ranatunga, secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, said. "No further reasons were given by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union and we are awaiting further clarification on this matter."

Wilfred Mukondiwa, MD of Zimbabwe Cricket, told ESPNcricinfo: "We are in negotiations with Sri Lanka. We are always talking to other home boards, that is the normal course of business. At the opportune time, and when I have heard back from my Sri Lankan colleagues, we will make an announcement."

According to recent reports, ZC, which hosted India in July and is currently hosting Pakistan, is not in the best financial position to host a third country within the space of four months. Following the threat of a player boycott before the Pakistan series, the board had also agreed to pay its cricketers match fees. Earlier this month, the boards had made a change to the schedule, adding two T20s to the existing Future Tours Programme schedule of two Tests and three ODIs.

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Posted by Sinhaya on (September 2, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

@gnanzcupid, haha what trash talk is that! When on earth did Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in a test match?? Keep dreaming. Haha as usual your typical mud slinging directed at Sri Lanka as expected by all Lankans.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 31, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

@yohandf

Though ZIM had won 1 ODI recently, 2 T20 games & other ODI were very closely contested. You must have noticed their difference with earlier performances. It is also sad part of ZC with respect to financial crises just because they are solely responsible for this. When ICC is providing a lot funds, it is their responsibility to use them properly. Earlier all teams were neglecting ZIM. Ever since IND visited ZIM, Teams like PAK, SL found interested. When IND travelled in ZIM, lot money flowed. But again their cricketers deprived for dues. We want team like ZIM to reconstruct. How can we be insensitive when neither team can attract sponsor. You are showing same type of negligence what other teams did (not IND). You are well aware of SLPL issue. You can't say inability to draw sponsor is ZIM's headache. Who was the sponsor in WI Tri-series?

BTW, the way ZIM played against best bowling PAK attack; they would sure do best against SL even if previous records are different.

Posted by yohandf on (August 31, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

@ SandipManjrekar - some part of your comment is so erroneous . How can you judge that zimbabwe is a tough team . is that because they won an ODI vs Pak . You can t predict ZIM will win higher percentage of matches with SL on that. just check when they have won a match against SL at last . justify your point recent head to head results between two countries . Secondly Zimbabwe s inability to draw sponser when playing at home is not SLC s headache. its something ZCU should be ashamed of . If that is a reason to stop series , they won t get much games in future .

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 31, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

@gnanzcupid. Nice to see you back after a long break. I couldnt find any of your comments during the SA tour. By the way when did BD win a test match in SL?

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 31, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

I am very dissappointed with this series getting cancelled. We wanted to experiment a few youngsters for this tour. This is the 3rd test series getting cancelled.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 31, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

@PrasadGunawardane

I wrote about ZIM's financial crises & their hunting measures for sponsorship issue. I don't understand why you are getting upset. What you are saying is irrelevant to the context of my comments.

When you are admitting in public that SL had lost whatever series played or not played enough Test Cricket for last 1 year. This is a complete separate topic which could be discussed anywhere not here. You should have lament SL board for not having enough TEST MATCHES or not having home series against South Africa. As a true analyst you must know there is no value for ifs, buts, could have, might have. Don't take granted Top Rank TEAM SA. Please read comment before responding to it.

Posted by kuldeep1109 on (August 30, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

ICC is a joke of an organization, the way it has been handling countries like Ireland, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Afghanistan. Afghanistan has so much potential. So do Ireland and Zimbabwe. There should be more tri-series and quadrangular series that have 2 top teams and 1/2 minnows, instead of several meaningless bilateral series. That will give the players from these sides a chance to regularly play the top sides and improve. During the late 90s, the main cause for Zimbabwe cricket starting to pick up was due to the number of international matches and tri-series involving the top sides they got to play. They had very good players then, yes, like Neil Johnson, Flower brothers, Streak, Strang, etc. Now too they have potentially good players like Taylor, Masakadza, etc who need a similar platform like back then.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

plght of a cricket fan continues zim, bang,sl,wi which can emerge into more competitive teams by harnessing impressively talented players dont seem to be helping themselve. world cricket should realize icc has turned into a selfish organization aiming to earn profits rather than helping these nations.the ftp is a proof of that with cash rich boards like bcci ca and ecb getting tours more than other teams . even if 1 wants to be optimistic he cant say anything positive about zim cricket seems to me when players like sean williams and malcolm waller get more recognition even they might leave the country like jarvis ,sean williams craig ervine,anthony ireland.imagine ig craig was in the zim line up they may have even surprised india in a couple of games,.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

For sure zim players deserves what they want from their cricket board, offcours they had been much improved side since the series against india.... they may protests further

Posted by grahaam on (August 30, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

When any business , honest or not, cannot afford to manage a major project , that will bring them huge revenue, (ie a builder wins a contract to build a house but cannot afford any bricks) then the writing is on the wall...call in the receivers now for the good of these decent young cricketers.....prudent and fair?...No, to frightened to let go, as the revelations will declare all that has happened at ZC in the last 10 years...

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