Bulawayo, Aug 2: Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is in doldrums. The country's cricket board has no money to pay even for players' meals, according to a media report.
Zimbabwe are currently involved in a five-match ODI series against India. The five matches are set to bring in few million dollars for ZC but as of now the players are suffering.
According to a report in "Indian Express", Zimbabwe players are left to have meals at the match venues as their cricket board is in "heavy debt".
In Harare, where they played three matches, Zimbabwe players had no team hotel to stay and relied on food at the stadium (Harare Sports Club).
Even worse is that the players had to arrange their own transport from Harare to Bulawayo to play the fourth ODI on Thursday (August 1). Indian team with the luxury of the world's richest cricket body, flew from Harare to Bulawayo but Zimabaweans reached there by road. Players had to arrange car pools or depended on public transport.
"In Bulawayo, for the last two games, the Zimbabweans have checked in at Holiday Inn. But the team still has to travel to the stadium three times a day for meals," the report said.
Team's batting coach and former Test player Grant Flower admitted ZC was in "heavy debt".
"We are struggling. I'm not sure when we will come out of it. I don't know the exact answers but Zimbabwe cricket is under heavy debt. If this continues, our cricket might soon lose its identity," Flower was quoted as saying.
India are leading 4-0 in the series. The fifth and final ODI is on Saturday (August 3).