Zimbabwe news May 15, 2013

India's July tour to Zimbabwe 'on hold'


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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  • Dummy4 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....

  • Thejus 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..

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 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

  • Ramesh 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....

  • Daniel 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.

  • Dummy4 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!!!

  • Kumar 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.

  • 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.

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