Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2013 August 30, 2013

Sri Lanka's Zimbabwe tour in doubt

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,.

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,.

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Srini_Indian on August 30, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    You can't blame the ZC. SL is neither a top team nor do they attract any sponsors. ZC could do well with negotiating a short series with SA. I know SA's summer is pretty hectic but they could use that as a warm-up for formidable challenge like India in December.

  • gnanzcupid on August 30, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Lanka will be happy considering this situation. Remember that current lankan team is the worst among the major test playing nations. Bangla players played a better cricket than lanka at lanka and won a test. this will be accepted by true lankan fans.

  • raf1 on August 30, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Zimbabwe needs more cricket against top countries but don't have the money to do so! I thought they being a full member country is adequately funded by ICC should be able to host tours. They should play most of their matches at home to give confidence to the players and it is a pity somehow ZC don't have the money. Ireland on the other hand does not have the money but the motivation to play top flight nations. Is the ICC listening and taking action?

  • on August 30, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    More great news for Sri Lanka Cricket! Will some of the senior players be too old the next time SL plays a test?

    It seems that the game is run very poorly in quite a few test countries. ICC itself is a mess and can't seem to move the game forward including in the USA.

  • PrasadGunawardane on August 30, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar: Your analysis is completely wrong and a very poor one due to the following reasons; Yes its true that SL are ranked 7 in TEST and it does not depict anything of the current skill of the team. Sri Lanka lost two TEST series (one home TEST series vs South Africa and another TEST series with Windies). If the home series against South Africa was played, Sri Lanka would have won the TEST series comfortably. So it would have put SL on top 4 after beating the current no.1 TEST Team (RSA). RSA is the most vulnerable major Cricketing nation in Sri Lankan backyard. Even-though you dont know much about Cricket, many other people in the world know about Cricket and the skills of different teams. You are still childish to measure teams with this rankings in a situation where SL have not been playing much TEST Cricket in 12 months or so other than against a weaker team like Bangladesh! Learn to analyse the game of Cricket, before writing something in public SandipManjrekar!!!

  • SandipManjrekar on August 30, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    After playing with top team, ZIM have realized the importance. Though SL is bottom of the test ranking, they should go ahead with the scheduled itinerary unless they have some unavoidable reasons. If they are planning with another better team for a sponsorship, then it's OK. Their financial obligations are more important here. ZIM is a tough team now and all bottom rank sides are endorsing this. Secondly, ZIM is struggling to get local sponsors whereas SL would not attract sponsors because of low ranking. Nishantha Ranatunga's concerns are quite rightly doing so. ZIM would definitely enjoy with SL more than PAK with strong possibility of higher winning percentage.

  • on August 30, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka must have TEST series with other countries which do not have any TEST obligations during the period up to the next IPL.

  • Blade-Runner on August 30, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Great! Zimbabwe get to play a top team once in a blue moon. When they get the opportunity, they wanna postpone it. :) So now they can wait another 6 or 7 years to play SL again. Now we can use this incident as an excuse in the future when they cry about not having enough matches against the top teams.

  • ZCFOutkast on August 30, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    This proves that ZC is prudent&fair. No mismanagement of funds but rather an admirably practical approach.

    Money was earned during the India tour, unfortunately the indebted organisation could not afford to pay the players more, the players insisted, got their wish & I'm pretty sure that was a sign for some of the creditors to apply pressure as well. The players will have a bit of money in their pockets now but won't receive more match fees or salaries because quite simply they won't be working!

    It's encouraging to see the management trying to live within its means to keep the game alive to an extent - huge admin employee cuts, moving to more affordable premises(until govt empowerment drives give them assets); improve player salaries; reduce FC season etc.

    Anyway, the conditions are ripe for the customary govt rescue package of it's beloved citizens&institutions. Now if a more competent Sports Minister could be appointed sooner to get the ball rolling! SL will happen at some point.

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  • ZCFOutkast on August 30, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    This proves that ZC is prudent&fair. No mismanagement of funds but rather an admirably practical approach.

    Money was earned during the India tour, unfortunately the indebted organisation could not afford to pay the players more, the players insisted, got their wish & I'm pretty sure that was a sign for some of the creditors to apply pressure as well. The players will have a bit of money in their pockets now but won't receive more match fees or salaries because quite simply they won't be working!

    It's encouraging to see the management trying to live within its means to keep the game alive to an extent - huge admin employee cuts, moving to more affordable premises(until govt empowerment drives give them assets); improve player salaries; reduce FC season etc.

    Anyway, the conditions are ripe for the customary govt rescue package of it's beloved citizens&institutions. Now if a more competent Sports Minister could be appointed sooner to get the ball rolling! SL will happen at some point.

  • Blade-Runner on August 30, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Great! Zimbabwe get to play a top team once in a blue moon. When they get the opportunity, they wanna postpone it. :) So now they can wait another 6 or 7 years to play SL again. Now we can use this incident as an excuse in the future when they cry about not having enough matches against the top teams.

  • on August 30, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka must have TEST series with other countries which do not have any TEST obligations during the period up to the next IPL.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 30, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    After playing with top team, ZIM have realized the importance. Though SL is bottom of the test ranking, they should go ahead with the scheduled itinerary unless they have some unavoidable reasons. If they are planning with another better team for a sponsorship, then it's OK. Their financial obligations are more important here. ZIM is a tough team now and all bottom rank sides are endorsing this. Secondly, ZIM is struggling to get local sponsors whereas SL would not attract sponsors because of low ranking. Nishantha Ranatunga's concerns are quite rightly doing so. ZIM would definitely enjoy with SL more than PAK with strong possibility of higher winning percentage.

  • PrasadGunawardane on August 30, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar: Your analysis is completely wrong and a very poor one due to the following reasons; Yes its true that SL are ranked 7 in TEST and it does not depict anything of the current skill of the team. Sri Lanka lost two TEST series (one home TEST series vs South Africa and another TEST series with Windies). If the home series against South Africa was played, Sri Lanka would have won the TEST series comfortably. So it would have put SL on top 4 after beating the current no.1 TEST Team (RSA). RSA is the most vulnerable major Cricketing nation in Sri Lankan backyard. Even-though you dont know much about Cricket, many other people in the world know about Cricket and the skills of different teams. You are still childish to measure teams with this rankings in a situation where SL have not been playing much TEST Cricket in 12 months or so other than against a weaker team like Bangladesh! Learn to analyse the game of Cricket, before writing something in public SandipManjrekar!!!

  • on August 30, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    More great news for Sri Lanka Cricket! Will some of the senior players be too old the next time SL plays a test?

    It seems that the game is run very poorly in quite a few test countries. ICC itself is a mess and can't seem to move the game forward including in the USA.

  • raf1 on August 30, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Zimbabwe needs more cricket against top countries but don't have the money to do so! I thought they being a full member country is adequately funded by ICC should be able to host tours. They should play most of their matches at home to give confidence to the players and it is a pity somehow ZC don't have the money. Ireland on the other hand does not have the money but the motivation to play top flight nations. Is the ICC listening and taking action?

  • gnanzcupid on August 30, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Lanka will be happy considering this situation. Remember that current lankan team is the worst among the major test playing nations. Bangla players played a better cricket than lanka at lanka and won a test. this will be accepted by true lankan fans.

  • Srini_Indian on August 30, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    You can't blame the ZC. SL is neither a top team nor do they attract any sponsors. ZC could do well with negotiating a short series with SA. I know SA's summer is pretty hectic but they could use that as a warm-up for formidable challenge like India in December.

  • 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...