Pumba Cricket extends support after Zimbabwe’s Ryan Burl’s emotional appeal for sponsorship- Puma Cricket has extended support to Zimbabwe all-rounder Ryan Burl after his appeal in search of sponsors went viral on social media. “I am so proud to announce that I’ll be joining the @pumacricket team. This is all due to the help and support from the fans over the last 24 hours. I couldn’t be more grateful to you all. Thanks so much @PUMA,” the left-handed batsman confirmed on Twitter.
“Time to put the glue away, I got you covered,” added Puma Cricket.
— PUMA Cricket (@pumacricket) May 23, 2021
Zimbabwe all-rounder Ryan Burl’s have to ‘glue shoes after every series’- Zimbabwe cricket’s crisis has stretched to over a year as the team has been left without a sponsor. With a meagre central pool amount from ICC, the cricketers have been struggling financially and that has translated into poor performances on the pitch as well. All-rounder Ryan Burl took to Twitter on Saturday to share the current situation with players having to glue their shoes after every series as they have no money to buy new ones.
“Any chance we can get a sponsor so we don’t have to glue our shoes back after every series,” Ryan Burl posted on Twitter.
— Ryan Burl (@ryanburl3) May 22, 2021
Following the return to Test status, Zimbabwe roped in Reebok as their kit sponsor, signing a $1 million deal in 2010. However, Zimbabwe’s dwindling form and continuous dispute with the board meant, Reebok ended the deal in 2013.
Sorry state of affairs: Ryan Burl’s emotional appeal may have been amplified by the Twitter users but political interference and mass exodus on numerous occasions have resulted in the lack of faith in Zimbabwe cricket.
Zimbabwe all-rounder Ryan Burl’s emotional appeal for sponsors, have to ‘glue shoes after every series’
In the 1990s and 2000s, Zimbabwe was at their best with stars such as Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Heath Streak, Henry Olonga, Alistair Campbell and later Tatenda Taibu emerging from the country. But the fall began before 2003 World Cup during dictator Robert Mugabe’s rule as countries stopped touring while political interference forced many top-class cricketers quit Zimbabwe.
That led to poor domestic cricket and the talent pool slowly declined. In between, it has face ICC’s wrath as well with suspension from cricket and taking away Test status. While the nation has been reinstated as a full member, with the lack of bilateral series, they have suffered.
COVID-19 pandemic: While all cricket playing nations have suffered the burn of the COVID-19 pandemic, none so than the smaller boards like Zimbabwe. Since January 1, 2020, Zimbabwe have played only 24 matches in total including 7 Test matches. But only 7 matches have been played at home, meaning the Zimbabwe cricket board has lost out on important revenues. The Ireland Tour was cancelled while India’s tour in 2020 was also cancelled due to the pandemic. Only Pakistan have toured the country for 3 T20Is and 2 Test matches.
As for Ryan Burl, he is one of the most talented cricketers in current Zimbabwe set-up and will hope that his social media appeal gets the board a sponsor.