Zimbabwe news May 15, 2013

India's July tour to Zimbabwe 'on hold'

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India have put their ODI tour to Zimbabwe that was scheduled for July "on hold". A BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo that the "fatigue factor", which will follow the Champions Trophy and a tri-series in the West Indies between June 28 to July 11, was the reason for the board's decision to put the series on ice.

The Future Tours Programme had pencilled in three ODIs to be hosted in Zimbabwe but there was talk of that being extended to five. The BCCI has given an assurance it will "respect" its commitment to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and intends for India to travel there at some stage, but it has not set a deadline for taking a call on when to reschedule.

Both ZC and broadcasters SuperSport are unaware of the proposed postponement. Zimbabwe's cricketers are under the impression they will start training to compete against India in two weeks' time, having just completed what Brendan Taylor called a "satisfactory" series against Bangladesh, while a spokesperson for the television production told ESPNcricinfo they had not heard about any reschedule and are "due to host broadcast and transmit the series".

An India no-show will have wide-ranging consequences for Zimbabwean cricket, most notably financially. ZC is running on close to empty and is in severe debt. Match fees to some players are still outstanding and there has been no clarity on the scheme for funding franchise cricket next summer.

The cost of hosting Bangladesh in April and early May will not have helped that situation. There are also scheduled tours by Pakistan in August and Sri Lanka in October, for which they will likely make a loss.

Some of the money could have been recovered by the big drawcard of India because of the substantial television rights fees they bring with them. It could also have helped ZC clear some of their outstanding bills. One of them is some of the commentators who worked on the Bangladesh series. They were not paid by ZC at the time but told they would be reimbursed after the India series.

Another cost they could have thought of covering is putting up the floodlights at Harare Sports Club, something that has been in the works for close to three years. The pylons have stood bare for several years while the lighting units were stuck at customs because ZC was unable to pay the money for their release. They were due to go on auction but ZC were able to secure them before that. During the second Test against Bangladesh they arrived at the ground but there is still no timeline for when they will go up. A source close to ZC estimates it will cost in the region of US$250,000 to install them. ZC will also need to secure a power source if they hope to play day-night cricket.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 20, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Interesting that this news came out now after the votes came in to replace Tim May as the players representative. Shocking timing....

  • thejusjosephjose on May 19, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    India's BCCI doesn't seem to have any professional commitments.Advantages of Zimbabwe tour are to think about a new leadership (like West Indies did recently) testing our batting lineup and bowlers in pace friendly conditions before getting "killed" in South African pitches later in the year.Remember last time in 2010 India lost to a poor Zimbabwe ODI team with an Indian team with all young stars.So BCCI please think beyond money..

  • on May 17, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Don't worry the tour will commence even if its not now but I am sure it will.Zim just have to remain focused and keep on negotiating on equal terms with other full members of ICC

  • on May 17, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Just when Zim cricket was gearing up for some momentum. Pity if the tour would be cancelled and why just ODIs? Why not use the same formatt that was used for the Bangladesh tour?

  • on May 17, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    India needs to come to Zim... ZC needs to plead with BCCI on this... We stand to gain more than India

  • Owls on May 16, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    I do not see any reason why this tour should not go on. Agreed fatigue is a reason but then the likes of SRT, MSD can be rested and a few faces can be tried with some of the others. Why can't Yuvi be given the chance to make a comeback the these games. the likes of Rahane, Mandeep, Stuart Binny, Rohit Sharma, Awana, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Unmukt Chand, Aparjit, Dinda, B kumar, Shami Ahmed, Partiv, Rayadu, Gambhir, Badrinath, Pujara, unadkat, sanju Samson are a few names that come up. BCCI can certainly groom the next set the tours overseas. The other RR keeper...yagnik, I think is another performer....

  • house_of_stone on May 16, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    @Theredbaron, you seem to forget the days of when Zim would beat the likes of India and Pakistan in Test cricket let alone one day cricket. Yes, their team is not of the standard it was 10 years ago but they went through a long hard process in order to get test status and that should not be taken away from them just because they are struggling, don't put us in the same bracket as Bangladesh because we actually deserved Test status when we got it. You will always have strong teams and weak teams in sport, that's a fact. Due to the political turmoil in the country the game has suffered over the past decade and they were withdrawn from Test cricket due to their poor performances, they are now improving and on the up, have played and thrashed all of the Associate nations and you believe that they should be sent back down there? Give me a break, you are still living in your conservative little club that is doing nothing to assist the game becoming global by giving players exposure.

  • on May 16, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Sad, really sad! Board could have rested some of the senior players and could have send its team! How many times they tour Sri Lanka, and we are bored sees those faces! They could send a team which looks like this:First XI: 1.Sehwag 2.Gambhir(C) 3.Rahane 4.M Sharma 5.Y.Singh 6.A Rayudu 7.S.Samson(W.K) 8.Staurt Binny 9.P.Rasool 10.Z.Khan 11.M.Sharma Sub: 12.K.Sharma 13.S.Baby 14.Y Pathan 15.P.Kumar 16.S.Ahmed Reserves: 17:P.Ohja 18.M.Pandey 19.Harbajan 20.R.Uthappa! Common Board this is no second string team on a given day they can beat ur so called 1st string team! This tournament can have 5ODI's 3 T20 (1 T10 and 7 test) whatever in bracket please ignore! If I am the board president this Tournament is on! Plus I will arrange a return tour for Zim 2 tour India! I will use this strategy and introduce an Indian Tigers team which not b india A team but Indian team to tour and play countries like Zim,Ban,Kenya,Afganistan,Ireland,Netherland,Scotland,Nepal,Canada etc. Wish me all the best!!!

  • kg.criccrazy on May 16, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    The problem with sending the 2nd-string Indian team is that the chief purpose of hosting an India series by the ZC would be defeated because the television rights won't attract good bids. And from Indian perspective, even our SA-bound test players won't get the experience of African conditions.

  • cosmos_kapil on May 16, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    send young players to the tour with 1 or 2 experienced one. Would help for future SA tour.

  • on May 20, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Interesting that this news came out now after the votes came in to replace Tim May as the players representative. Shocking timing....

  • thejusjosephjose on May 19, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    India's BCCI doesn't seem to have any professional commitments.Advantages of Zimbabwe tour are to think about a new leadership (like West Indies did recently) testing our batting lineup and bowlers in pace friendly conditions before getting "killed" in South African pitches later in the year.Remember last time in 2010 India lost to a poor Zimbabwe ODI team with an Indian team with all young stars.So BCCI please think beyond money..

  • on May 17, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Don't worry the tour will commence even if its not now but I am sure it will.Zim just have to remain focused and keep on negotiating on equal terms with other full members of ICC

  • on May 17, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Just when Zim cricket was gearing up for some momentum. Pity if the tour would be cancelled and why just ODIs? Why not use the same formatt that was used for the Bangladesh tour?

  • on May 17, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    India needs to come to Zim... ZC needs to plead with BCCI on this... We stand to gain more than India

  • Owls on May 16, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    I do not see any reason why this tour should not go on. Agreed fatigue is a reason but then the likes of SRT, MSD can be rested and a few faces can be tried with some of the others. Why can't Yuvi be given the chance to make a comeback the these games. the likes of Rahane, Mandeep, Stuart Binny, Rohit Sharma, Awana, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Unmukt Chand, Aparjit, Dinda, B kumar, Shami Ahmed, Partiv, Rayadu, Gambhir, Badrinath, Pujara, unadkat, sanju Samson are a few names that come up. BCCI can certainly groom the next set the tours overseas. The other RR keeper...yagnik, I think is another performer....

  • house_of_stone on May 16, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    @Theredbaron, you seem to forget the days of when Zim would beat the likes of India and Pakistan in Test cricket let alone one day cricket. Yes, their team is not of the standard it was 10 years ago but they went through a long hard process in order to get test status and that should not be taken away from them just because they are struggling, don't put us in the same bracket as Bangladesh because we actually deserved Test status when we got it. You will always have strong teams and weak teams in sport, that's a fact. Due to the political turmoil in the country the game has suffered over the past decade and they were withdrawn from Test cricket due to their poor performances, they are now improving and on the up, have played and thrashed all of the Associate nations and you believe that they should be sent back down there? Give me a break, you are still living in your conservative little club that is doing nothing to assist the game becoming global by giving players exposure.

  • on May 16, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Sad, really sad! Board could have rested some of the senior players and could have send its team! How many times they tour Sri Lanka, and we are bored sees those faces! They could send a team which looks like this:First XI: 1.Sehwag 2.Gambhir(C) 3.Rahane 4.M Sharma 5.Y.Singh 6.A Rayudu 7.S.Samson(W.K) 8.Staurt Binny 9.P.Rasool 10.Z.Khan 11.M.Sharma Sub: 12.K.Sharma 13.S.Baby 14.Y Pathan 15.P.Kumar 16.S.Ahmed Reserves: 17:P.Ohja 18.M.Pandey 19.Harbajan 20.R.Uthappa! Common Board this is no second string team on a given day they can beat ur so called 1st string team! This tournament can have 5ODI's 3 T20 (1 T10 and 7 test) whatever in bracket please ignore! If I am the board president this Tournament is on! Plus I will arrange a return tour for Zim 2 tour India! I will use this strategy and introduce an Indian Tigers team which not b india A team but Indian team to tour and play countries like Zim,Ban,Kenya,Afganistan,Ireland,Netherland,Scotland,Nepal,Canada etc. Wish me all the best!!!

  • kg.criccrazy on May 16, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    The problem with sending the 2nd-string Indian team is that the chief purpose of hosting an India series by the ZC would be defeated because the television rights won't attract good bids. And from Indian perspective, even our SA-bound test players won't get the experience of African conditions.

  • cosmos_kapil on May 16, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    send young players to the tour with 1 or 2 experienced one. Would help for future SA tour.

  • ashok1259 on May 16, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    India should not cancel this tour. It is usefull for both Zimbabwe(financial Reasons) and India (Understanding African condtions)

  • jagmagh on May 16, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    It is very odd that Indian cricketers are never fatigued when they are made to play match after mind-numbing ODI match and various other pointless odi series against the same 2-3 opponents. As an Indian, it is most disheartening to regularly see a variety of excuses used by the BCCI to avoid playing the supposedly non-lucrative tours - usually against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. If the BCCI really wants to be taken seriously as an influencer in world cricket, it should try and use its massive economic clout to support the countries that really need that kind of support - by having tours of lower ranking nations as this provides those countries the double benefit of playing experience as well as monetary reward and this really should be something that the BCCI should take seriously. If not, the BCCI is only reinforcing the existing stereotype of it being a grubby hoarder whose only interest seems to be in making money without taking any responsibility for the sport itself

  • suresh_ramamoorthy on May 15, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Wait! Why send Irfan Pathan? What has he done?!!

  • Robster1 on May 15, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    The FTP is a waste of time - it should be a fixed schedule over a set period of time with relegation/promotion.

  • usernames on May 15, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Eh, just send a second string team. As it is right now, people in India will love to watch some youngsters who are up and coming.

    Send a team that looks something like:

    Mandeep Singh, Unmukt Chand, Vijay Zol, Rohit Sharma, Manan Vohra, Ambati Rayudu, Baba Aparajith, CM Gautam, Jalaj Saxena, Rishi Dhawan, Mohit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Rasool/Nadeem, et al.

    There's a lot of people who haven't played for India who could come good in this sort of a tournament. It's a good chance to give them a start in International cricket. It doesn't matter if they lose a couple of games here and there.

    There's no sense in sending the likes of Dhoni, Kohli, Ashwin, Raina, Bhuvi, Umesh, et al. over there.

  • Htc-Android on May 15, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @ GreenDeviln. Last time India send a 2nd string side and they lost both ODIs to zimbabwe. So you cant say zimbabwe will find it tough if you send india A team.

  • on May 15, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Great chance for BCCI to send the India A team perhaps it will be a big learning experience for the youngsters

  • Htc-Android on May 15, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    What fatigue factor are they referring here? India doesnt have any international games after the Triangular series till the Start of the champions league. So they have 2 months break. Are they telling us that palying 3 ODIs in ZIm causes them fatigue, but not IPL/CL? Zim deserves to play more games. BCCI please dont postpone this series.

  • GreenDeviln on May 15, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Why not send India A players as Indian players in this tour. These youngsters will get experience of outside sub continent pitches while regular players can be able to rest. It will be win win situation for both sides, as zimbave will still find tough completion against India A players and they won't have to postpone tour also.

  • on May 15, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    1. vijay 2. dhawan 3. pujara 4. manoj 5. raina c 6. dinesh wk 7. rasool 8. irfan 9. praveen 10. mishra 11. umesh 12. rohit 13. rayadu 14. shami 15. vinay

  • on May 15, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Not a great decision, perhaps they could schedule a test match prior to the South Africa tour.

  • grahaam on May 15, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Whilst we all try to find a better reason than those suggested , it may be worth considering Duncan Fletcher. Why would he wish to bring a team of players to Zimbabwe and support the current administration there. He was Zimbabwes first captain and led the team to some astonishing performances, which paved the way to their elevation to the top tier of world cricket. More recently he would have watched in horror as all he helped build, was destroyed by the Administration team that still runs ZC....

  • grahaam on May 15, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    This decision will not reversed and the reasons for it never properly known , but they are certainly not the "predicted fatigue" as suggested in this article...

  • on May 15, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Team India 16 Man Squad For Zimbabwe Tour 2013 :- Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Yuvraj Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Amit Mishra, Vinay Kumar, Mohit Sharma

  • anuragsinha5 on May 15, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    If BCCI is so much worried about fatigue... Then why they schedule such a long IPL tournament... which is of no use.... They already knew that India had to play a very important tournament just after the IPL but they are not worried about player's fatigue when they are going to such an important ICC tournament- CHAMPIONThis is just show off from BCCI that fatigue is the reason for not touring Zimbabwe...

  • on May 15, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    No real money for BCCI from Zimbabwe's tour....simple as that

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 15, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Well, That's too bad coz Zimbabwe get to play against one of top 6 teams once in a blue moon. Now they are gonna lose that opportunity too. Its really essential for Zimbabwe to play with teams like SA, SL, ENG, AUS, PAK, WI n IND regularly to develop themselves. I think India is afraid of Zimbabwe by looking at Zim's current form. They are just making lame excuses to avoid the embarrassment. lol Anyway, Zimbabwe are gonna host SL , PAK at the of the year. So they don't need to worry.

  • Mann123 on May 15, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Who knows there might more to it than just fatigue. If that was the case, why would they have agreed to squeeze the tri-series in West indies when the Zimbabwe tour was already in the Itinerary. In any case BCCI is not known to care least about player fatigue, they could easily send a second string team to Zimbabwe like they did last time under Suresh Raina. I believe they are trying to pull some strings at ICC level through ZC or some payback for something ZC did or didn't do for them in the past.

  • Paddy789 on May 15, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Alternative Team that can tour Zimbabwe to rest seniors : Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahane, Yuvraj (Capt), A Rayadu, M Tiwary, N Ojha (WK), I Pathan, V Kumar, P Kumar, B Kumar, S Ahmed, A Mishra, P Rasool, I Pandey.

  • Narabavi on May 15, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Don't send 2nd string team. Don't take Zimbabwe lightly.Under Taylor's captaincy they are totally different outfit. I think BCCI should help Zimbabwe Cricket by sending their star players.If they can play 16 odd t20's day after day, playing 3 ODI's is not a big deal at all.

  • Naresh28 on May 15, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @ankit sharma - Agree with you, BCCI should send an A-team. India can boost of having lots of reserve players - lets give them this exposure. Some will benefit from this with the SA tour later this year.

  • Theredbaron on May 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    @Andrew Sanderson thanks for your reply and I think in a perfect world we would all love to see cricket strong in all cricketing countries. However it does nothing for cricket when one team is a international quality team and the other nothing more than a good club cricket side. I find it hard to accept that the ICC considers Zimbabwe a top side, when they would struggle to play in domestic cricket south of there border.

  • itismenithin on May 15, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    With cramped International calendar and ever increasing number of domestic T20 tournaments only option left would be to send multiple teams to different tournaments. you could see India playing a test series in SA and also playing an ODI in Zimbabwe at the same time which would really test the bench strength of the teams.

  • The_impartialobserver on May 15, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    ICC should step in now. Its been a while that domestic tournaments like IPL and Champions league have been getting priority over international matches. It doesn't matter which team you are playing. But an international match has to have more importance.

  • on May 15, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    For India to site Burn out is just ridiculous when they can send a very decent 2nd XI of upcoming youngsters. Or how about coming to Zimbabwe and THEN taking a break for whoever was after Zimbabwe?

  • symsun on May 15, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Any how BCCI is going to send only a India A-Team to this tour. Then why should they postpone citing fatique.

  • QingdaoXI on May 15, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    I know this was coming from Our BCCI, but it is very bad decision, I known as per schedule we are suppose to play in Zimbabwe in First week of July 2013, when at the same time our team will be playing the tri-series in West Indies involving Sri Lanka. But I strongly suggest BCCI to send the another team to zimbabwe and arrange the matches in such a manner that both the teams in Zimbabwe and West Indies doesnt play on same day. This tour will also help those seniors who are drop to show there hunger and to those players who are on fringe from last 3-4 years or youngsters. My Team For Zimbabwe series is 1. Gambhir (Captain), 2. Sehwag (Opener, one more chance before we discard him), 3. Rahane (Future) 4. Pujara (Future, 5. Yuvraj , 6. Rayudu (Deserving), 7. Uttappa (Deserving), 8. Samson (Future), 9. Binny (T-20 Prospect), 10. Zaheer khan (Needs this stage to gets fit) 11. Sreesanth (Same as Zak 12. Bhajji (To gain confidence) 13. Ojha (same as Bhajji) 14. Mohit 15 Awana( Both Future).

  • PanGlupek on May 15, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Real shame for Zimbabwe, but understandable by the BCCI. Hope they can come to some kind of agreement to tour there soon, even if they have to send a significantly weakened team.

    Zimbabwe might not become a world powerhouse any time soon, but they should be competitive with other nations, if they are able to keep up facilities(cash)-wise, and their youngsters get the right guidance.

  • kris_kott on May 15, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    I dont think so BCCI will is ignoring the tour. If it does then it is plain ridiculous.I think India is a big POWER in World Cricket and should collectively take all the members together and work with them.Burn out is another issue. The next 15 in line who are not part of the Champions Trophy can travel to Zimbabwe.

  • CricketMaan on May 15, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    My XI for Zim - Vijay, Dhawan, Rahane, Rohit, Yuvi, Tiwary, DK, VK, PK, Mohit, Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Rasool, Binny, I Pandey, Kaul

  • on May 15, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Plzz send some youngsters for exp on bouncy tracks - S. dhawan , murali vijay, rahane , pujara , Rohit , jadeja , Tiwary , raydu, karthik , Irfan, shami, aaron , harbhajan undakat and sme more players who needs to be tested

  • Azweer on May 15, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    let the BCCI pick a fresh bunch of team who are waiting to perform n give the present team a much needed rest. under a new captain, a new wicketkeeper, under new bunch of talents let BCCI book the tickets to Zimbabwe.

  • on May 15, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Theredbaron - maybe cricket should be played in two tiers, but it isn't at the moment. All teams should be expected to tour Zimbabwe. If the ICC lists them as a top team, they should be treated thus. I mean, if Pakistan can take time to tour Ireland and Scotland for two ODIs each, then surely India can tour Zimbabwe for three ODIs?

  • Narbavi on May 15, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    We can use this tour to reward some performers , Raina as captain, Dhawan and Rahane as openers, Pujara at no.3, Raina at 4, Karthik at 5, Uthappa at 6, Binny at 7 as an all rounder, Ojha, PK, Irfan and Vinay as the 4 bowlers!! a spinner, a fast bowler and a batsman each can be the 3 reserve players!!

  • PrashaanthUdayaprakash on May 15, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I prefer not to cancel the tour as its the apt time to test our bench strength and also the players in the reckoning , those who couldnt make the cut in the champions trophy squad..Its time to give DHONI a breather on that tour and also other players like Raina,ashwin( Why not ? )...My squad would be Gambhir ( C )( to gain his touch ) , Kohli (VC),dhawan,rahane, m tiwary,rayudu,vijay,d karthik, pathan irfan,yuvi,u chand, mohit sharma, bhuvi,p kumar, parveez rasool, ishant,sandeep sharma(1)..

  • Narbavi on May 15, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Dhoni, Ashwin, Kohli, Jadeja, Ishant, B.kumar, are the only players who desperately need a rest, they can be rested and the other guys can play with someone like Raina as captain, will be an important series for the likes of Dhawan, Pujara, Ojha and Praveen kumar!!

  • Narbavi on May 15, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    I think we have enough players in the fringes to set up a 14 member squad and allow them to tour Zimbabwe for a 3 match series!!

  • on May 15, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    This s ridiculous! Outrageous conduct! We have plenty of players to make a team of 15, people like pragyan ojha and pujara dont get to play ODIs, why not send them!! And even that, by no means exonerates BCCI from breaking commitments like this!!

  • on May 15, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Indian side hardly has any seniors now. So except Dhoni, rest of the youngsters would love to have some experience abroad.

  • CricketMaan on May 15, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    A tri-series revenue and Windies players commitment to IPL is the only reason for this tourney! I'd rather let India play Zim and help thier cricket than play SL in Jun-Jul. Both Indian SL fans are tired of watching these two in loggerheads. Zim needs support more so from the likes of Asia as the West have baricaded them!! But Money rules.

  • Theredbaron on May 15, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    There is no hope for Zimbabwe cricket. Do you blame India for not coming, there is no point. This tour will just be a irritation. Cricket should be played on a two tier system with a promotion relegation playoff between the bottom of tier 1 and top of tier 2 every year. At this stage the top tier should be SA, India, England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Windies, NZ, Pakistan. The second tier should be Bangladesh, Zim, Kenya, Netherlands, Ireland, Afghanistan, Canada and Scotland. Money generated by these top tier matches can help the International Cricket Board finance the second tier

  • on May 15, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    BCCI must respect cricket and ZC, they need help and this is responsibility of Rrich boards specially BCCI, CA and CSA to travel to Zim, they can send young squad there, BCCI should cancel SL tour due to overdose of INDO-SL matches..India must travel to Zim and never forget we were expecting Aus and Eng to travel to INDIA in 70s- 80s.

  • sachin_vvsfan on May 15, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Our players now a days play 24*7 and should be given some rest. If BCCI wants to 'respect' the commitment then they can pay some amount in advance so that ZCB will not get into more trouble

  • CSK_greatest_of_all on May 15, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    I wish the BCCI helps ZC when they are in need.

  • DevWorah on May 15, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    If the BCCI does not want to send staer players. They can include a few youngsters. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, A Rahane, C Pujara are eagerly waiting in the wings. Also currently Yuvraj Singh is not in a great form. He requires to play more matches. Why cancel the tour?? There are enough players in India to field a side of 15.

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  • DevWorah on May 15, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    If the BCCI does not want to send staer players. They can include a few youngsters. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, A Rahane, C Pujara are eagerly waiting in the wings. Also currently Yuvraj Singh is not in a great form. He requires to play more matches. Why cancel the tour?? There are enough players in India to field a side of 15.

  • CSK_greatest_of_all on May 15, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    I wish the BCCI helps ZC when they are in need.

  • sachin_vvsfan on May 15, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Our players now a days play 24*7 and should be given some rest. If BCCI wants to 'respect' the commitment then they can pay some amount in advance so that ZCB will not get into more trouble

  • on May 15, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    BCCI must respect cricket and ZC, they need help and this is responsibility of Rrich boards specially BCCI, CA and CSA to travel to Zim, they can send young squad there, BCCI should cancel SL tour due to overdose of INDO-SL matches..India must travel to Zim and never forget we were expecting Aus and Eng to travel to INDIA in 70s- 80s.

  • Theredbaron on May 15, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    There is no hope for Zimbabwe cricket. Do you blame India for not coming, there is no point. This tour will just be a irritation. Cricket should be played on a two tier system with a promotion relegation playoff between the bottom of tier 1 and top of tier 2 every year. At this stage the top tier should be SA, India, England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Windies, NZ, Pakistan. The second tier should be Bangladesh, Zim, Kenya, Netherlands, Ireland, Afghanistan, Canada and Scotland. Money generated by these top tier matches can help the International Cricket Board finance the second tier

  • CricketMaan on May 15, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    A tri-series revenue and Windies players commitment to IPL is the only reason for this tourney! I'd rather let India play Zim and help thier cricket than play SL in Jun-Jul. Both Indian SL fans are tired of watching these two in loggerheads. Zim needs support more so from the likes of Asia as the West have baricaded them!! But Money rules.

  • on May 15, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Indian side hardly has any seniors now. So except Dhoni, rest of the youngsters would love to have some experience abroad.

  • on May 15, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    This s ridiculous! Outrageous conduct! We have plenty of players to make a team of 15, people like pragyan ojha and pujara dont get to play ODIs, why not send them!! And even that, by no means exonerates BCCI from breaking commitments like this!!

  • Narbavi on May 15, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    I think we have enough players in the fringes to set up a 14 member squad and allow them to tour Zimbabwe for a 3 match series!!

  • Narbavi on May 15, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Dhoni, Ashwin, Kohli, Jadeja, Ishant, B.kumar, are the only players who desperately need a rest, they can be rested and the other guys can play with someone like Raina as captain, will be an important series for the likes of Dhawan, Pujara, Ojha and Praveen kumar!!