Cricket Business : Cricket Australia likely to ditch Afghanistan to play 5 match test series against India

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Cricket Australia (CA) is in trouble. The dwindling bank balances is making them do strange things. After giving major salary cuts to majority of their staff, CA according to the reports is likely to ditch Afghanistan Cricket Board. Reason, instead of hosting Afghanistan for 1 off test in Australia in October, the CA officials are attempting to add one more test to team India’s tour in December – January.

Logic is simple – In these hard times the Australian board wants to have one more encounter against the world’s most salable cricket team to make up for the loses in the equity market.

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Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts says all options will be considered for hosting India for five test series instead of 4, the sport’s major income generator, in December and January. That could include playing all games in one venue.

“If you contemplate the prospect of the international season in particular being affected, we have an issue of (losing revenue of) hundreds of millions of dollars on our hands,” Roberts said. “We’ll be doing everything possible to launch and stage a season in 2020-21.”

Media Rights Partners will release payment only if series against India go-ahead

CA has reportedly lost huge chunk of monies on account of loses in the equity market. For them the series against India will be the matter of life and death. The next pay-cheque of $150 Million dollars from the media rights partner Foxtel and Seven is due in the month of September for the board. The next payments from the India partner Sony Pictures Network will also be done on the condition that the series against India goes ahead as scheduled. That is the reason CA is trying its best to milk the cash cow by attempting to turn the 4 match series into 5 match series like Ashes series.

Australia and India have regularly met in four-test series but Australian media has reported that the administrators in both countries want to expand on the growing rivalry. Australia’s oldest and fiercest rivalry is the Ashes series against England, which is played over five tests.

Roberts said the relationship between Australian officials and the Board of Control for Cricket in India is strong, and both sides are committed to stages five-test series in the future.

“We won’t rule anything out in terms of the Indian series. Along with the BCCI and Indian players, we want to stage a series that inspires the cricket world, whether or not there are people in the stands,” he said. “We need to face into all possibilities. Fortunately, we have a little bit of time to work out scenarios.”

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