The Chronicle – ZIMBABWE’S ongoing cash crunch is threatening to disrupt, if not entirely wipe out, their forthcoming international season.
- Pakistan are due to visit Zimbabwe for an all-format tour over July-August, but there is a distinct possibility it may not go ahead at all.
- Before that visit, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has been in negotiations to arrange a limited-overs tri-series with Australia and Pakistan in June, but the status of that is also currently in doubt.
- “Finances may not allow the (Pakistan) series to go ahead because we don’t get a lot from our TV contract, and the series ends up — the production costs result in huge losses,” Faisal Hasnain, ZC’s managing director told ESPNcricinfo.
- No side has played more internationals in Zimbabwe since the start of 2011 than Pakistan; they have toured thrice since then, twice for all-format visits and once for a limited-overs only tour.
- On the current FTP, Australia are scheduled to tour Zimbabwe in June for a bilateral series as well, including one Test, but it appears that commitment has transformed into the tri-series.