Is BCCI out to neutralise
Subhash Chandra by
cancelling India’s tour of
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
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...-zimbabwe/