Zimbabwe withdraw from Ireland cricket tour

Cricket Ireland's Warren Deutrom. Pic by INPHO.
Cricket Ireland's Warren Deutrom. Pic by INPHO.
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Funding issues have forced Zimbabwe women to pull out of a scheduled tour to Ireland.

“We received correspondence late this afternoon from Zimbabwe Cricket in which we were informed that due to a funding issue, Zimbabwe Cricket will not be sending their women’s team to Ireland,” said Warren Deutrom, chief executive of Cricket Ireland. “With the team due to arrive on Sunday, there is clearly no time to find an alternate and, after urgent consultation with the ICC to seek clarification, we regret to confirm the women’s tour has been cancelled.

“This will not, however, impact upon the men’s tour which will proceed as scheduled.

“Notwithstanding the significant and costly considerations for Cricket Ireland – including venue hire and management, infrastructure hire, training days, catering, hotel, accommodation and promotional costs – we are all desperately sorry for the players, fans and the many staff and volunteers from across the cricket community who had supported planning for this tour and who planned to be at these matches.

“We are additionally conscious that this series was an important piece of our preparations for the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier and we will look into alternative arrangements so our senior Women’s team will not be completely disadvantaged by these disappointing circumstances.

“We will make further information available as it comes to hand.”