India confirm Zim tour

HARARE - India’s proposed tour to Zimbabwe next month is now finally going ahead after the BCCI and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) ironed out their differences yesterday.

The series will feature three One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 matches starting on July 10.

All matches will be hosted at Harare Sports Club. India had previously travelled to Zimbabwe in July-August 2013 when they had whitewashed the five-ODI series, which was split between Harare and Bulawayo. 

However, uncertainty was surrounding this tour after it emerged the BCCI was not happy with the fact that the games would be broadcasted by Ten Sports, who have a contract with ZC.

Ten Sports is a subsidiary of Essel Group which recently revealed its plans to form another anti-establishment T20 league, subsequently rattling the ICC. 

ZC chairman Wilson Manase initially acknowledged that “if the matters take too long to resolve, ZC and the BCCI might mutually agree to push the tour to next year”.

The issues regarding the tour were, however, resolved at the ICC Annual Conference in Barbados where Manase met his Indian counterparts.

“While negotiations are still going on in Barbados, with respect to the Team India tour to Zimbabwe it seems confirmed that the tour will go ahead. Consequently Team India is expected in Zimbabwe on the 7th of next month,” ZC Chairman Wilson Manase could only say from Barbados last night.

“Team Zimbabwe must get ready and be prepared to give Team India a rousing welcome,” he also said.

The ZC chairman did not go further only adding that "the issue of the broadcaster is an ongoing issue which needs to be sorted and resolved sooner or later after the tour."

The BCCI also confirmed the development.   

“A meeting of the All-India Senior Selection Committee of the BCCI will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, June 29, to select the Indian teams for the forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe starting from July 10,” the BCCI said in a statement.

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