Afghanistan’s tour to Zimbabwe called off

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) said Afghanistan team’s proposed tour of Zimbabwe for five one day international matches has been cancelled because of broadcasting costs.

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The matches between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe were scheduled to be played next month but the board said that Afghanistan decided to pull out of the tour due to disagreement over broadcasting issues.

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The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) had originally asked Zimbabwe to host them as part of preparations for the World Cup, which will take place in England from May to July this year.

The ODI matches were scheduled to be held in Harare between April 18 and April 28.

On Monday and ZC statement read,

“Although the two boards had agreed to share the tour expenses, the prohibitive costs of broadcasting the matches live on television – which the ACB was insisting on – unfortunately derailed the proposed series.”

“They wanted the games to be televised but we opted for live streaming due to the costs involved. They have fired the CEO who we had agreed the tour with,” Givemore Makoni, Zimbabwe Cricket’s acting managing director, was quoted as saying in Sunday News.

Afghanistan will now do the World Cup preparation by playing matches against Ireland and Scotland in the month of May.

Afghanistan recently concluded the ODI series with Ireland, which was drawn 2-2 and they are set to play their second Test match later this week.

Zimbabwe were last seen in action in November when they toured Bangladesh.

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