India tour of Australia : Concerned BCCI dials in Cricket Australia as dispute with broadcasters continue

The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) is very concerned about the ongoing dispute between Cricket Australia and its official broadcast partners. The long pending tour dates, itinerary is still to be released by Cricket Australia (CA)
 
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and ongoing dispute with the broadcaster, CA also has postponed the home series against Afghanistan and NewZealand to the next year. 
 
InsideSport has learnt that concerned with the situation, BCCI dialed CA last week. Both the parties spoke via Zoom about the India tour of Australia. The CA has assured the Indian board that they are awaiting the sign-off by the state governments 
 
The question to be determined is where Kohli’s men will spend their quarantine period once they arrive in the country in November, with Adelaide and Brisbane the options.

“We had a word with Cricket Australia officials to finalize the tour schedule. Obviously we have to finalize our plans accordingly. At this stage, we are not aware where exactly team will land and have to quarantine. That is the area of concern for us.”, confirmed the BCCI official who was present during the Zoom call with the host country. 

Australia is due to host India for four Tests, three ODIs, and three T20I this summer. Those T20s and ODIs are exclusive to Foxtel under CA’s $1.18 billion broadcast deal. CA is confident that they will overcome all issues with the broadcaster and the local state governments soon. 

Nick Hockley, CA’s Interim CEO, “CA looks forward to welcoming the Indian men’s team for a full schedule of matches this summer in what promises to be an incredible contest across all three formats”

Cricket Australia vs Broadcaster : Meanwhile the dispute with the broadcaster refuses to die down

According to the reports in Australian media, CA has reportedly budged in its broadcast showdown with Channel 7, but both parties are still a long way-off reaching an agreement which further can put question mark on India tour of Australia. 

SMH has reported that CA offered the free-to-air network a discounted price for the summer of cricket despite weeks of refusing to compromise. Nonetheless, sources at Channel 7 told the publication that the offer was still well over what the network is willing to pay.

– Channel 7 has a $75 million fee for the 2020-21 summer but claims it shouldn’t pay full price given the Big Bash League will be missing a number of big name stars due to Covid-19 restrictions and hubs for the international cricket season.

– The network didn’t pay $25 million installment last week. 

– According to SMH, the broadcaster is reduce its spending on broadcast rights in the face of nearly $400 million in debt.

– Channel 7 also reduced spending on AFL rights by $87 million over the last three years of its deal. 

– SMH reports that channel sought a 50-55% per cent cut to its BBL rights fee.

Amid the CA & it’s tug-of-war with the broadcaster, the question mark on India tour of Australia continues.