Though the official confirmation for the Zimbabwe tour is yet to come out, the BCCI has told the Indian selectors to pick the time for Zimbabwe on Monday, that is, on June 29.
Till now, there has be no confirmation from any of the senior players, confirming their availability or unavailability for the Zimbabwe Tour. Chief Selector Sandeep Patil told PTI, “So far no one has informed me about non-availability of any player,” when asked about the team selection.
Moreover, he also confirmed that the panel of selectors would meet on Monday to pick the squad for Zimbabwe Tour.
As per a lot media reports, a virtual second string side could be sent for the Zimbabwe tour, since a lot of senior players have played non-stop cricket over the past year or so. As it has been in the past, the players inform of their unavailability and the BCCI Secretary (Anurag Thakur here) convenes the selection meeting and informs the selectors of any injuries or unavailability of any of the players involved.
Currently, there’s no mention of any players requesting Thakur, who’s in Barbados, for the annual conference of the International Cricket Council, to leave them out from the tour to Zimbabwe.
The tour is currently in doubt with the BCCI not being in favour of Ten Sports, owned by Zee network, who have the broadcast rights for all international cricket hosted by the Zimbabwe Cricket board. The schedule on the Zimbabwe Cricket Board’s website carries the following schedule:
Jul 10: 1st ODI, Zimbabwe v India at Harare (12:30 IST)
Jul 12: 2nd ODI, Zimbabwe v India at Harare (12:30 IST)
Jul 14: 3rd ODI, Zimbabwe v India at Harare (12:30 IST)
Jul 17: 1st T20I, Zimbabwe v India at Harare (16:30 IST)
Jul 19: 2nd T20I, Zimbabwe v India at Harare (16:30 IST).