India’s Zim tour in doubt
Windhoek ‑ The much-anticipated Indian tour of Zimbabwe is uncertain, as the former’s cricket board is seeking a postponement.
The tour was to commerce in about two months.
India will be participating in the International Cricket Council (ICC) champions’ trophy in Sri Lanka next month and is requesting a delay to allow the cricketers to rest.
Zimbabwe will not be part of the ICC champions’ trophy for the first time.
The two are supposed to play three One Day Internationals and two Twenty-20 matches in a litmus test for the Southern African country, which has not seen much of the big teams touring the country of late.
The Indian Cricket Board (ICB) announced in a statement recently that they might engage their Zimbabwean counterparts for a reschedule of the much-anticipated tour – the first mighty Indians tour to the Southern African country in more than a decade.
India have been very supportive of Zimbabwe in the past decade after the latter went out of action due to boardroom squabbles and a shortage of qualified players to play Test matches.
“There might be need for the tour to Zimbabwe to be delayed in order to allow players time to rest before the big international engagements,” a statement on the ICB website read.
India are expected to bring a full strength squad for the tour that includes the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and the team captain Mahindra Sihng Dhoni.
Zimbabwe’s youthful cricketers look forward to test their mettle against South Asia cricket powerhouse. It will also give them exposure at the highest level.
Zimbabwe have been enjoying a purple patch in form after dispatching Bangladesh last month and regaining world rankings, which they lost six months ago for inactivity.
Although the tour is clouded in uncertainty, the Zimbabwe national team players are continuing their training in anticipation of the Indians tour as scheduled.
India are the current world champions in the ODIs and are ranked in the top three while Zimbabwe are ninth ahead of their perennial rivals, Bangladesh.