ZC explains unbranded kit

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has revealed the national team is playing in an unbranded kit because the association was unable to find a new a shirt sponsor to replace Reebok before the on-going West Indies tour.

It is not just the team’s performance on the field which has not been pleasing to the eye. The team’s limited-overs kit has also been an eyesore on the on-going Wes Indies tour.

Fashion is now part and parcel of professional sports these days, but Zimbabwe has been totally swagless in the Caribbean.

The One-Day International kit worn by the team in the three ODI matches did not bear the kit manufacturer’s and sponsor’s logos, only spotting the national emblem on the left corner and the country’s name ZIMBABWE prominently embroidered across the face of the shirt.

The kit, which hung loosely on the players’ frames, appeared to have been made hastily from cheap material.

ZC spokesperson Shingai Rhuhwaya yesterday revealed to the Daily News that the team’s contracts with technical kit sponsor Reebok and ODI team sponsor CBZ Bank have expired.

“The Reebok deal has run its course,” Rhuhwaya said. “We are in progress of looking at different solutions for the national team moving forward.

“ZC is still in negotiations with prospective kit sponsors and we were not able to finalise the deals before the team left for West Indies.”

Of the unbranded kit being used on tour, Rhuhwaya said: “These were manufactured in Zimbabwe.”

Meanwhile, CBZ’s sponsorship deal with the Zimbabwe ODI team is believed to have expired sevens month ago, a year after the bank officially extended their sponsorship by unveiling a $250 000 package for the side in August 2011.

“CBZ have stated that they would this year like to channel their support towards our development projects and we are in negotiations with them in this regard,” Rhuhwaya said.

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