Zimbabwean Ryan Burl pleads for sponsorship sharing photo of worn shoes, receives response from Puma
Zimbabwe drummer Ryan Burl took to social media on Saturday to seek sponsorship for the national team by posting a photo of worn shoes.
The 27-year-old tagged a sports manufacturer on his Twitter post and wrote: “Is there any chance we can find a sponsor so that we don’t have to put our shoes back on after each set?”
– Ryan Burl (@ ryanburl3) May 22, 2021
Burl’s appeal was noticed by sportswear giant Puma as the brand responded on Twitter. “Time to put the glue away, I’ve got you covered,” Puma replied to the tweet.
Time to put the glue away, I got you covered @ ryanburl3 💁🏽 https://t.co/FUd7U0w3U7
– PUMA Cricket (@pumacricket) May 23, 2021
Burl thanked fans on Twitter announcing he would be joining Team Puma.
I am so proud to announce that I will join the @pumacricket team. This is all due to the help and support from the fans over the past 24 hours. I couldn’t be more grateful to all of you. thank you so much @PUMA
– Ryan Burl (@ ryanburl3) May 23, 2021
Due to financial constraints and poor performance on the ground, Zimbabwe has been on a downward spiral for some time. Earlier this month, they lost a 0-2 test streak to Pakistan with an innings loss in both matches.
As for Burl, he was last seen in action on April 25, in the third T20I between Zimbabwe and Pakistan. Although he didn’t hit in this contest, he gave up 33 points on four occasions with the ball.
Burl has played three tests, 18 ODIs and 25 T20Is since making his international debut in 2017. A mid-tier batsman and also part-time strutcher, he has scored a total of 660 runs in all formats.