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‘Aussie broadcasters want free feed plus satellite cost’

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 7 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Aussie broadcasters want free feed plus satellite cost’

Australian cricket broadcasters’ uncompromising demands had prompted their Bangladeshi counterpart to back out and it led the Australians not able to watch the ongoing five-match T20I series between Bangladesh and Australia in their country.

“Basically they (Australian TV channels) didn’t want to buy anything. They said that if we give them free feed as well as bear the satellite cost then they would telecast the matches and I don’t think it was worth it,” T Sports Chief Executive Officer Ishtiaq Sadek told The Daily Sun on Friday.

For the first time since 1994, a tour by the Australia men’s team hasn’t been broadcast into Australia after a last-minute deal failed to materialize for the rights to the T20I series in Bangladesh.

Although it had been hoped that in the absence of a traditional television deal the series would be streamed on YouTube, there was no live coverage into Australia by that platform also.

BCB sold the broadcasting rights to Ban Tech for the next two years and T Sports, Gazi TV and BTV have been telecasting the ongoing series live.

It is understood that Fox Sports, which broadcast the majority of Australia’s tours, wasn’t keen to air the series live considering the Tokyo Olympics is currently taking place.

Meanwhile, the touring party is also missing some of their key players in the tour which made the broadcasters not interested to air the series live.