The outspoken chief of Channel Seven has once again slammed Cricket Australia (CA) for not finalizing the schedule of India tour of Australia. Virat Kohli’s Indian team is scheduled to travel to Australia for 3T20, 3odi & 4 Test Match series right after the ongoing IPL 2020, but the schedule of the series is yet to be finalized and announced by the Australian Cricket Board.
Seven West Media’s boss James Warburton said he is still unsure whether India will be able to make it into Australia in time.
“We love cricket,” Warburton told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. “We’ve got a huge amount of respect for the teams and the athletes but, ultimately, this is actually about cricket Australia delivering the quality of the product and living up to their obligations with the contract. Here we are on the 21st of October – we don’t have a schedule.
“We don’t know what port they will arrive at and, obviously, there’s been plenty playing out in the press and looks … like there’s huge pressure on NSW Health, given WA, South Australia and it looks like Queensland may have said ‘no’.”
Wartbourn said, despite of all delays at the end of CA, they as promised will promote the Test series until further notice.
“One of the most talked about issues involving our company this year is our ongoing process with Cricket Australia. To be 100% clear, we love the cricket and we have a huge amount of respect for the teams and the athletes,” Warburton said at the industry presentation.
“Ultimately, we pay for media rights to deliver you the quality and eye balls that best suits your needs, which is to deliver a return on your investment. We pay for and expect a first-class product and will hold Cricket Australia accountable to provide that quality this summer. Even if it means at times we are outspoken.”
Seven acquired the broadcast rights to most Big Bash League games and Test matches played in Australia as part of a $1.18 billion contract with Foxtel. Seven agreed to pay about $75 million in cash and $7 million in free advertising a year, before production costs for six years.
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CA had planned for India to quarantine in Brisbane and train at Allan Border Field. But the Queensland state officials has given no clarity on whether it can go ahead with the relaxed protocols or not. It is being reported now that Sydney is another option currently being explored by the CA officials.
According to SMH, NSW Health confirmed on Tuesday the government had received a submission from CA, but no decision has been made.
Meanwhile, BCCI officials in India is still hopeful that tour to Australia will go ahead as planned. The Indian board has already instructed the selectors for a meeting this week to pick the team for the tour to Australia.