Next month’s India cricket tour of Zimbabwe has been cancelled by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) owing to players fatigue. However sources say the real reason is due to the board’s ongoing issues with ZEE Network.
The tournament, which was set to be aired by ZEE India’s Ten Sports from 10th July, is expected to be rescheduled to next year. The network owns rights to international cricket in Zimbabwe and Pakistan. Apparently, BCCI is unhappy that the series will be broadcast on Ten Sports, who’s promoter, Subhash Chandra is rumoured to be planning a rebel cricket team.
Television Point reports that earlier, Zimbabwe Cricket had issued a statement saying that it was in regular contact with the BCCI and Ten Sports to resolve the issues before the series. Zimbabwe Cricket chair Wilson Manase said, ���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.”
It is reported that the BCCI is on a roll to be cancelling tours with cricket boards that are linked with Ten Sports. It seems that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already received an ultimatum about the proposed India tour of Pakistan in December in UAE if the series is aired on Ten Sports.
It remains to be seen how ZEE Network will react to the latest developments.