The ongoing tussle between Cricket Australia (CA) and its official home broadcaster Channel 7 is on the brink on a potential break up as the conflict has been for several weeks now and showing no signs of ending.
However, reports suggesting a legal arbitration being pursued by the broadcaster Channel 7 owing to a “breach of contract” by CA for “delivering a product not equal in quality to what was delivered the previous year,” but CA maintains it has no idea about any such notice.
The tussle is likely to continue for longer, given the financial crunch in the Australian board due to Covid-19. However, India’s tour of Australia hangs in the balance, and the series schedule is still not confirmed due to the very same reason.
However, CA has recently shared a tentative schedule that the ODIs and T20s will be hosted in Brisbane, and the first two Tests, including the day-night Test, will be in Adelaide and the last two in Sydney.
The decisions are based upon the following discussion in the last two months;
MCG & Perth cannot be made available because state borders are shut.
Adelaide is a venue of India’s choice for the first Test and the day-night game.
New South Wales (Sydney) is the only venue that has shown no reluctance to host matches.
However, things haven’t been moving smoothly within the state associations. South Australia (Adelaide) is yet to give a heads up on the schedule as well.
Channel 7 pays $75m for the rights to Test matches, women’s cricket, and both the BBLs. Now, the broadcaster has refused to pay the installment, keeping in mind the India tour of Australia.
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