Blast in Zimbabwe puts Australia’s participation in the tri-series under the clouds
The series is set to get underway from July 1 at the Harare Sports Club.
Updated - Jun 26, 2018 3:02 pm
The General Elections in Zimbabwe are scheduled to take place on July 30. The same will be conducted to elect the President and the members of both houses of Parliament. However, the scenario in the country isn’t pleasing by any stretch of the imagination. A bomb blast at the White City Stadium has sent shivers down the spine of the commoners ahead of the elections.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa also survived a narrow escape in the horrendous occurring. He was addressing thousands of his supporters when the incident unfolded. Meanwhile, Australia’s upcoming T20I triangular series with Zimbabwe and Pakistan has also come under the clouds. The series is set to get underway from July 1 at the Harare Sports Club.
“We will take advice”- Cricket Australia
However, there’s no news surrounding the cancellation of the tour. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has recently warned the Australians that the heated circumstances in the country may get worse as the elections come closer and the security situation could deteriorate. The series consists of seven matches with all the teams playing four matches. The Final will be played on June 8.
Meanwhile, an official of Cricket Australia (CA) mentioned that they would be discussing the matter with the honchos of their cricket after which a decision would be put forth. “The safety and security of our players and support staff are paramount and as always, we will take advice from the relevant Australian authorities,” a CA spokesperson was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.
The Aussies are currently in England where they are taking part in a limited-overs series versus England. After getting thrashed by 5-0 in the ODI series, they are set to take part in the one-off T20I against their Ashes-rivals in Birmingham following which their tour of Zimbabwe is scheduled.