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Zimbabwe Cricket's decision to reschedule the one-day international tour to Sri Lanka followed a request by an Asian broadcaster, the governing body have confirmed.

Reports suggested Sri Lanka had postponed the home series to give players time to rest ahead of the Indian Premier League, but ZC revealed that Ten Sports were worried the tour would clash with other high-profile series.

The first one-dayer was scheduled for March 13, when Australia are in South Africa and England are in West Indies - both of which have better television appeal.

A ZC statement said: "Broadcasting house Ten Sports, which holds the rights for both Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe Cricket, requested that because they have also committed to showing the South Africa-Australia and West Indies-England series during the time Zimbabwe would otherwise have toured, the tour be delayed by a couple of months.

"Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Ozias Bvute and his Sri Lanka counterpart, Duleep Mendis, agreed to move the tour to the second half of the year.

"They discussed the issue on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council chief executives' committee meeting which was in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Given that the postponement of the Zimbabwe tour to Sri Lanka comes so soon after the postponement to June next year of New Zealand's visit, which was scheduled for July this year, there are fears that Zimbabwe may be starved of international action."

However, ZC spokesman Lovemore Banda said there is no need for concern as they have a replacement fixture.

"During the period we were supposed to hosts the Black Caps, we will now have a triangular series involving India and one other side which we will reveal once we have finalised discussions," he said.

"After that tri-nation tournament, it will be August and time to host Bangladesh and then tour Sri Lanka or, depending on how the time frames will be like then, tour Sri Lanka and then return to host the Tigers."
 
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