BCCI calls off Zimbabwe tour citing issues with Ten Sports

MUMBAI: Issues between the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and broadcaster Ten Sports remain unresolved. As a fallout of this, the BCCI on 22 June made known its decision to call off the forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe.


Along with the tussle in the broadcast rights according to reports, the decision was also taken citing the fatigue factor of Indian cricket team players.


India were scheduled to play three ODIs and two T20 Internationals in Zimbabwe from 10 July this year.


There were a cloud of uncertainty over the tour due to the broadcast issue, which prompted Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) to issue a a press release on 21 June that it may be postponed for next year. The release further added that it was hopeful of going ahead with India's tour and that it was in constant contact with both the BCCI and Ten Sports to resolve the issues prior to the series.


“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,” the ZC release said.


“If the matters take too long to resolve, ZC and the BCCI might mutually agree to push the tour to next year,” said ZC chairman Wilson Manase.



At the time of filing this report, Ten Sports officials were unavailable for comment.

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