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India tour hangs in balance

Fungai Muderere
INDIAa��S much anticipated cricket tour to Zimbabwe scheduled for next month might be pushed to next year if Zimbabwe Cricket and the Board of Cricket Control in India do not iron out issues on time.

ZC media and communications manager Lovemore Banda disclosed that the two boards were in constant contact over the tour.

Banda stated that ZC chairman Wilson Manase and chief executive officer Wilfred Mukondiwa will be engaging their Indian counterparts on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council annual conference in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The conference is expected to end on Friday.

Manase said if matters between the two boards were not resolved soon, the tour could be rescheduled to next year.
a�?If the matters take too long to resolve, ZC and the BCCI might mutually agree to push the tour to next year,a�? said the ZC chairman.

On reports that the BCCI were finding it difficult to get visas for players on arrival, Manase said this could not be an issue because ZC had not even approached local immigration officials about Indiaa��s trip to Zimbabwe as the two boards are still working on the toura��s memorandum of understanding.

a�?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,a�? said Manase.

He added: a�?The substantive issues are what we will discuss in Barbados.a�?

There was a press statement by ZC in response to reports from the Indian press which indicated that a broadcast row had put a cloud on the visit by the Asians to Zimbabwe.

The matter is understood to involve Ten Sports who have the broadcasting rights for Zimbabwe. Ten Sports, owners of Essel Group, are alleged to be behind attempts to form a rebel cricket league to rival the Indian Cricket League.
India are scheduled to arrive in Zimbabwe on 7 July for a tour that is made up of three One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals all to be staged at Harare Sports Club.

The Asian company is the biggest television rights earner among the ICC full members with huge benefits for countries hosting India.