India tour to Zimbabwe cancelled

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India's proposed tour of Zimbabwe in July this year has been called off reportedly due to the inability of the boards of the two cricketing nations to resolve pending issues surrounding broadcast rights.

The tour has been in jeopardy for some time now, with reports earlier this month suggesting it would likely be postponed until next year. However, it now seems to have been called off altogether.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cited player fatigue and visa issues as the primary reasons for the cancelations but reports have emerged suggesting it could have more to do with a tussle over broadcast rights.

The problem seems to stem from broadcaster Ten Sports and its owner Subhash Chandra, who fell out with the BCCI recently after attempting to launch a break-away cricket league and the current BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya has history with Chandra as well.

The tour was to include three ODIs and two T20 internationals and its cancellation throws the upcoming bilateral series between Pakistan and India in doubt as Ten Sports are involved with that also.

India are in the middle of a three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, of which they have already lost the first two games.

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