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BCCI calls off Zimbabwe tour citing issues with Ten Sports

MUMBAI:
Issues
between
the
Board
for
Control
of
Cricket
in
India
(BCCI)
and
broadcaster
Ten
Sports
remain
unresolved.
As
a
fallout
of
this,
the
BCCI
on
22
June
made
known
its
decision
to
call
off
the
forthcoming
tour of Zimbabwe.
Along with the tussle in the broadcast
rights according to reports, the
decision was also taken citing the
fatigue factor of Indian cricket team
players.
India were scheduled to play three
ODIs and two T20 Internationals in
Zimbabwe from 10 July this year.
There were a cloud of uncertainty
over the tour due to the broadcast
issue, which prompted Zimbabwe
Cricket (ZC) to issue a a press
release on 21 June that it may be
postponed for next year. The release
further added that it was hopeful of
going ahead with India’s tour and that
it was in constant contact with both
the BCCI and Ten Sports to resolve
the issues prior to the series.
“There have been reports that an
issue over Zimbabwe Cricket’s
broadcasting partner is threatening
the forthcoming India tour to
Zimbabwe. The position is that ZC is
in constant contact with both the
BCCI and Ten Sports, over issues
which should be resolved before the
tour,” the ZC release said.
“If the matters take too long to
resolve, ZC and the BCCI might
mutually agree to push the tour to
next year,” said ZC chairman Wilson
Manase.
At the time of filing this report, Ten
Sports officials were unavailable for
comment.
http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/bcci-calls-off-zimbabwe-tour-citing-issues-with-ten-sports-150622




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  1. Rebel League is coming up soon i think

  2. Is BCCI out to neutralise
    Subhash Chandra by
    cancelling India’s tour of
    Zimbabwe?
    MUMBAI: The Board of Control for
    Cricket in India (BCCI) has called off
    India’s tour of Zimbabwe, leading to
    the speculation that cricket’s richest
    governing body is out to neutralise
    any move that Essel Group chairperson
    Subhash Chandra may make towards
    floating a rebel league.
    A cloud of uncertainty has also
    gathered over the proposed bilateral
    series between India and Pakistan,
    possibly for the same reason.
    ZEEL-owned Ten Sports has the
    broadcast rights to international
    cricket in Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
    Though player fatigue is said to be the
    reason for calling off the Zimbabwe
    tour, speculation is doing the rounds
    that the cancellation is due to
    broadcast rights. India has just lost a
    One-Day International (ODI) series to
    Bangladesh.
    India and Zimbabwe were to engage in
    three ODIs and two Twenty20 matches
    from 10 July.
    The BCCI is reportedly unhappy that
    the series will be telecast on Ten
    Sports, whose promoter Chandra is
    supposedly planning a rebel league.
    Earlier, Zimbabwe Cricket had issued a
    statement saying that it was in
    constant contact with both the BCCI
    and Ten Sports to resolve the issues
    before the series.
    “There have been reports that an
    issue over Zimbabwe Cricket’s
    broadcasting partner is threatening
    the forthcoming India tour to
    Zimbabwe. The position is that ZC is
    in constant contact with both the
    BCCI and Ten Sports, over issues
    which should be resolved before the
    tour,” Zimbabwe Cricket chair Wilson
    Manase said in a statement.
    He also stated that the tour might be
    postponed if the issue remained
    unresolved. “If the matters take too
    long to resolve, ZC and the BCCI
    might mutually agree to push the tour
    to the next year,” Manase added.
    Additionally, Manase and Zimbabwe
    Cricket CEO Wilfred Mukondiwa would
    discuss the issues with their BCCI
    counterparts on the sidelines of the
    ICC Annual Conference in Barbados
    from 22 to 26 June.
    Manase also said that Zimbabwe
    Cricket was yet to approach the local
    immigration authorities for the
    facilitation of visas because the
    memorandum of understanding of the
    tour was still being worked out. He
    added, however, that visa would not
    be an issue considering cricket is the
    country’s national sport.
    “Cricket is a national sport and ZC
    enjoys a cordial relationship with all
    relevant government offices so the
    acquisition of visas is not an issue.
    The substantive issues are what we
    will discuss in Barbados,” Manase said.
    Apparently, Chandra’s plan to set up a
    rebel league has irked the BCCI to no
    end. In order to get back at Chandra,
    the BCCI is resorting to cancelling
    tours with cricket boards that have a
    partnership with Ten Sports.
    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was
    the first board to be at the receiving
    end of the BCCI’s tough stance
    against Chandra. The BCCI told the
    PCB that the proposed tour of
    Pakistan in December–January in the
    UAE would not happen if the series
    were broadcast on Ten Sports.
    Like PCB chair Shahryar Khan,
    Zimbabwe Cricket also expressed
    helplessness in the matter. Zimbabwe
    Cricket’s broadcast rights agreement
    with Ten Sports are valid till 2019.
    http://www.televisionpost.com/television/is-bcci-out-to-neutralise-subhash-chandra-by-cancelling-indias-tour-of-zimbabwe/

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