The first T20 international between South Africa and New Zealand at Durban did not broadcasted in New Zealand due to a feud between Sky TV and New Zealand Cricket. The Kiwi batting coach Craig McMillan has said players were “annoyed” with the blackout.
Negotiations between New Zealand Cricket and Sky TV is yet to be finalised. NZC said that it would discuss the situations with Cricket South Africa in the hope that the rest of the series – another T20 and three ODIs-would be televised.
New Zealand lost the first T20 international in Durban by six wickets, and the second game is scheduled for Sunday, followed by three ODIs from Wednesday.
“The players are annoyed,” McMilan said on Veitchy on Sport, a New Zealand radio show. “They want to be seen back home. We have some young guys playing for New Zealand for the first time, like George Worker….these are guys who are just starting out on their internationals careers. Let’s hope some resolution can be found in the next 24 hours and hope the next game will be on the box.
“I know there are some issues with time difference but it’s very unusual for us to be touring around the world and be playing one of the world’s best teams and not have that on TV back home.”
Sky TV alleged that their bid for the broadcasting right hadn’t been accepted. “we are really disappointed, too,” Sky TV spoke person Kristy Way told Heard on Sunday.
She also claimed they offered NZC big money, but they are not satisfied with the money. Positive thing is that they will not “stop trying”.
“We have put in a really good bid – a big bid – and it hasn’t been accepted. No one in New Zealand has offered more for it. We are not going to stop trying.” Kristy asserted.
However, NZA says the broadcasting right of foreign tour is not at their hand, but they would try to solve the problem. “The broadcasting rights for overseas tours are not owned by NZC: they are the property of Cricket South Africa. However, NZC will be discussing the situation with Cricket South Africa, in an attempt to ensure Black Caps fans will be able to watch the remainder of the series live in New Zealand.”