After ZEE TV breaking away from its five-year Indian cricket deal for matches played outside India, Nimbus too looks to have gone the same way.
The upcoming Afro-Asia Cup is in trouble with rights-holder Nimbus walking out of its deal with the Asian Cricket Council.
“We will not be part of the event in anyway. We will not be telecasting the event. Neither will we be producing nor bringing sponsorship for the matches,” Nimbus chief Harish Thawani told PTI.
Nimbus’ decision comes less than a week from the tournament, scheduled from 6th – 10th June in Bangalore and Chennai.
“This is not a sudden decision. There have been developments over the last few months,” Thawani said.
Thawani refused to mention specific reasons for the pull out, merely saying, “it is all there for everyone to see and form an opinion.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has a $612m deal with Nimbus for all India matches played in India, is also in jeopardy.