Bulawayo, Aug 6: The just concluded ODI series against India has helped Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) financially but that is "just a drop in the ocean" in a country where a cricket ball costs a whopping US dollars 180!
Zimbabwe Cricket president Peter Chingoka was quoted by "Indian Express" as saying that they are "ailing" financially.
Last week there were reports that ZC did not have money to buy meals for the players during the five-match ODI series against India where the home team lost 0-5.
"It is a big help but finally, it's just a drop in the ocean. India can't play here every year as they have a series lined up every month. We are thankful to them for sending a team here. Even through the little revenue that has trickled in, we cannot have an A tour this year or the next," Chingoka said when asked about India series.
"The Zimbabwean economy has been making things tough for us. A Kookaburra ball costs 180 US dollars here. Since 1999, more black people have taken up the game and now cricket has emerged as the second sport of the country," he added.