A three man Australian delegation is in the country on a fact-finding mission ahead of the triangular series involving hosts Zimbabwe and Pakistan which is under threat following an ultimatum issued by the players to be paid by the 25th of this month or they boycott the tri-series.
Following the dissolution of the technical team after failing to qualify for the T20 World Cup threats there is no team to talk about, although a new coach was appointed he is not expected in the country until the 10th of June and some of the players like former captain Brandon “BT” Taylor are training on their own at Harare Sports Club to keep fit.
In an exclusive interview with ZBC News, Adam Fraser, senior manager team operations Cricket Australia said the visit was a routine one to check on the state of preparedness, playing and training facilities and accommodation to ensure everything is in place before the team arrives.
Fraser, however, declined to be drawn into commenting on the current the state of affairs at Zimbabwe Cricket but said his side was in the UK on tour playing ODIs.
The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is in turmoil with no coach in sight although one was appointed recently, no players selected although a three-man panel appointed, no doctor or physiotherapist or fitness trainer after an entire technical team headed by Heath Streak was sacked after failing to qualify for the ICC World Cup during qualifiers held in Zimbabwe recently.
A Zimbabwe Pakistan T20 international is slated for July 1 to kick-start the triangular series featuring Australia.
Zimbabwean players are owed four months salaries and allowances dating back to the Sri Lanka series.
ZC is battling financial instability and is heavily in debt.
The Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kazembe Kazembe has ordered a commission of inquiry and a financial audit into the operations of ZC.