India postpone Zimbabwe ODI series due to ‘fatigue factor’

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Zimbabwe Cricket are set to go deeper into debt with India’s last minute pull-out

India have decided to postpone their ODI tour of Zimbabwe in July due to the “fatigue factor” affecting the entire team, according to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official.

With the Champions Trophy right around the corner, which India will participate in before being involved in an ODI tri-series with the West Indies and Sri Lanka, the BCCI made the tough decision to put the team’s tour of Zimbabwe “on hold” indefinitely.

The Future Tours Programme (FTP) have Zimbabwe and India scheduled to play three ODIs, but the BCCI and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) are in talks of increasing the series to five ODIs.

India’s last minute pull-out will have a substantial financial effect on ZC, who are in severe debt and still owe some of the national players match fees from previous series.

ZC’s decision to host Bangladesh in April and early May also hurt them financially and they are expected to go deeper into debt when Pakistan tour in August and Sri Lanka in October.

One project that has been on the cards for nearly three years is ZC’s plan to put up floodlights at Harare Sports Club.

As of right now, only the pylons have been erected, but the lights have still yet to be installed since ZC just do not have the funds to spare at the moment.

One source close to ZC expects the installation of the floodlights to cost in the neighbourhood of US$250,000, but there will be extra expenses as well, like a power source to light up the floodlights if ZC decide to use them for day-night matches.

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