Melbourne: Cricket Australia’s interim CEO Nick Hockley thanked ‘Friends in BCCI’ for lashing out at his telecast partner channel Seven (Channel 7) for sparking controversy over the current series telecast against India. Who helped organize this series amid Coronavirus epidemic.
Channel Seven had filed an affidavit in the court saying that as per the interests of the BCCI, Cricket Australia has violated the telecast contract by changing the schedule of the series. He also said that Cricket Australia is afraid of BCCI and needs information about emails between the two boards, Foxtel and State Governments.
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Nick Hockley said, ‘There is so much positivity in Australia cricket and in such a situation Seven West Media has made rhetoric in the media to degrade our best game which is disappointing.’ Seven West Media chief executive James Warburton said that Cricket Australia had to begin the series with a day-night Test against India instead of one-day and T20 matches which will now be played in Adelaide from 17 December.
Nick Hockley said, ‘This is the most challenging time in the world of sports. With the support of our friends in BCCI, we managed to organize this series against India. The record of spectators in the first 2 ODIs between India and Australia is broken and this proves how much enthusiasm there will be for the Border-Gavaskar Test series.
Hawkley said, ‘We respect the cricket and new broadcast teams of Channel Seven and congratulate them on the increase in cricket ratings. We will continue to give entertaining cricket in the coming season with the support of our partners and colleagues.