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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

@Pumacricket good gesture - responding to tweet of Zimbabwean Cricketer


One cannot be faulted if one were to say, that they knew of this country’s existence only after Kapil Dev’ 175 N.O at Tunbridge Wells, on  Jun 18 1983! – in between my first shoe purchase was after I joined Office not even for college !

Zimbabwe, the land-locked country is in turmoil – economic, political unrest and more !  . .. .. the Zimbabwean government on Monday appealed against a High Court ruling that extending the chief justice's tenure by five years was illegal, in a case that has created a stand off between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the court. Lawyers had challenged a constitutional amendment that raised the retirement age of Constitutional and Supreme Court judges to 75 from 70, which allowed Mnangagwa to extend Chief Justice Luke Malaba's term of office.

The opposition has accused Mnangagwa of seeking to influence the judiciary, a charge the president denies. Zimbabwe's High Court dealt a blow to President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday, ruling his decision to extend Chief Justice Luke Malaba's tenure by five years was invalid because it breached the constitution. The Judicial Service Commission (JSC), which employs all judges, said the decision means that Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza becomes acting chief justice pending the outcome of an appeal.The outcome is a setback to Mnangagwa whose ruling party also changed the constitution to allow him to appoint senior judges without going through a public vetting process.

On a different platform on Saturday, cricketer Ryan Burl posted an image of his ripped shoes on his official Twitter handle, stating that after every series, they require to be fixed with glue !  and asked for sponsorship for his national team so that the players would not have to glue the shoes back every time a series gets over.

Again – stark Cricket fans too may not identify him readily.  He played in that 3rd T20I at Harare on Apr 25,2021 against visiting Pakistan  - Pakistan won by 24 runs.  Ryan Burl did little of note – his 4 overs costing 33 without a wicket and he did not bat ! .. .. Ryan Burl has played three Tests, 18 ODIs, and 25 T20Is since making his international debut in 2017.  

Due to financial constraints, Zimbabwe cricket has been on a downward spiral for some time now. Earlier this month, they lost a Test series 0-2 to Pakistan with an innings defeat in both matches.The Zimbabwe team will next travel to Ireland for a white-ball series. The two teams will play a three-match ODI series, starting August 6, before featuring in five T20Is from August 15. 

Ryan Burl liked playing squash when he was at the Peterhouse Boys School but the love of cricket and, specifically, the team game's camaraderie, drew him in, and made him want to be an international cricketer. A left-hand middle-order batsman and occasional legspinner, Burl broke into the Zimbabwe side in 2017, and has already played in the BPL and Afghanistan's Shpageeza Cricket League. Born and brought up in Marondera, 72km east of Harare, the sports-mad Burl was further engaged in Peterhouse Boys .. .. and perhaps would be dreaming an IPL contract.

His tweet seeking sponsor posting torn shoe melted the hearts of many cricket fans on social media. The shoemaking company responded to Burl’s tweet and wrote, “Time to put the glue away, I got you covered @ryanburl3.”  He posted on twitter, “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.” 

4 hours back in a fairy-tale finish Puma sports had responded on twitter stating : Express shipment for @ryanburl3  and his mates. I hope the colours match the jersey.

Good gesture @pumacricket  ~  appreciate you!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

24.5.2021  @  20.30 hrs


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