India’s tour to Zimbabwe in doubt

Vicky / 19 June 2015

India’s tour of Zimbabwe is in jeopardy as the issues between the Zimbabwe Cricket and the host broadcaster is yet to be sorted out. If the persisting problem continues, then the tour might get cancelled. Apart from this, there is yet another huddle for the series to go on as per the schedule. BCCI is also finding it difficult to get visa on arrival for its players.

It is learnt that the Zimbabwe Cricket recently expressed its helplessness to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who have given them a few more days to reach a solution with Ten Sports, who have the broadcasting rights for cricket in Zimbabwe. BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and Zimbabwe Cricket president Wilson Manase were unavailable for the comments.

It is a well-known fact that BCCI has some issues problems with Ten Sports, which is owned by Essel Group. The issues got complicated after Essel’s alleged attempts to form a parallel world cricket governing body. Adding to that, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya is known to have a strained relationship with Essel Group owner Subhash Chandra.

According to sources, In order to avoid the Ten Sports mess, the BCCI had also offered to host Pakistan in India. But PCB is unwillingly to accept such a solution as it would mean losing out on considerable revenue. In such a scenario, the India-Pakistan series has been lying in limbo and unless Zimbabwe Cricket Board can resolve the broadcaster issue, the trip to the African nation also looks doubtful.

India are scheduled to play Zimbabwe in three ODIs and two T20s in Harare next month.

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