Pakistan’s tour to Zimbabwe in doubt

Zimbabwe’s cash crisis is threatening to interrupt their upcoming home international season, with a scheduled by Pakistan now in doubt.

The African side are due to host Pakistan across all three formats in June while Australia were to also tour for a bilateral series but those fixtures are now in doubt.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) have been trying to negotiate a with both countries about trying to arrange an ODI tri-series instead, but even that will be a financial setback.

ZC’s managing director, Faisal Hasnain, told ESPNcricinfo: “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.

“Given our current cash situation, in order to balance our books, we may actually have to either renegotiate the format or we may have to postpone it until such time as we are ready to play.

“We are looking at all of that to see whether we have the tri-series only, the Pakistan series only, or we change the format. We are just working through, considering our options at the moment.”

Zimbabwe are due to host the 2019 World Cup qualifiers starting next month with that tournament unaffected by the home union’s cash crisis as it is an ICC event.