Tuesday, June 23, 2015

India calls off the tour of Zimbabwe

Citing ‘fatigue’ as the reason, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has canceled India’s tour of Zimbabwe which was supposed to take place next month.
According to reports published on Sunday, the tour has the possibility to be postponed till next year as the board has not resolved issues with Ten Sports, which holds the broadcasting rights for international cricket in Zimbabwe.
India’s tour of Zimbabwe was scheduled to kick off from July 10. In this bilateral series, they were supposed to play three ODIs and two Twenty20 (T20) matches. It would be better if India would send an alternative team to test their bench strength. However, it looks like that the BCCI is not interested in sending their team for any away series but giving them rest ahead of a busy cricketing season.
It is thought that the BCCI has called off the Zimbabwe tour because of an issue over Zimbabwe Cricket’s broadcasting partner. Their ODI series defeat against Bangladesh is thought to be another reason behind the board’s decision to call off the next series.

Star-studded Indian cricket team was seen struggling with the bat in the first two ODI matches. Most of the Indian players did not have the confidence that they had during the ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia. After the end of second ODI, Indian skipper MS Dhoni said in a press briefing that if needed he would step down from captaincy. Indian bowlers were not up to the mark. If they cannot get rid of their weaknesses, they will be handed a whitewash in the ongoing ODI series.