ZC backtracks on India visit

HARARE - It seems after all that Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) might have jumped the gun when he officially announced that India would be touring the country next month.

In a press statement yesterday ZC said maintained that the Indians are scheduled to arrive in Harare on July 7 for a series comprising three One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 matches.

The statement however, goes on to suggest that there is a possibility that the series could be postponed to next year.

“There have been reports that an issue over Zimbabwe Cricket’s broadcasting partner is threatening the forthcoming India tour to Zimbabwe,” the statement read.

“The position is that ZC is in constant contact with both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Ten Sports, over issues which should be resolved before the tour.

“Both the ZC chairman, Mr Wilson Manase, and the chief executive officer, Mr Wilfred Mukondiwa, will be discussing these issues with their BCCI counterparts on the sidelines of the 2015 International Cricket Council annual conference, which is in Bridgetown, Barbados, from the 22nd to the 26th of this month.”

Manase is quoted in the statement seemingly throwing in the towel with regards to hosting India next month.

He said: “If the matters take too long to resolve, ZC and the BCCI might mutually agree to push the tour to next year.”

Interestingly, Manase further provides a hint that his association might have sold a dummy to the nation by suggesting that they are yet to approach the immigration with regards to the visit by India scheduled.

This is against the background that all the hype about India was made public at the beginning of this month when the team returned from Pakistan.

The statement reads: “On reports that the BCCI is finding it difficult to get visas on arrival for its players, the chairman said this cannot be the case because ZC has not even approached local immigration officials yet about the tour, as the two boards are still working on the tour memorandum of understanding.”

Manase is then quoted as saying: “Cricket is a national sport and ZC enjoys a cordial relationship with all relevant government offices so the acquisition of visas is not an issue.

“The substantive issues are what we will discuss in Barbados.”

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