Eden Park Likely Miss Out on Hosting India in the Limited-Overs Leg
Eden Park at Auckland, the well-known cricket stadium in New Zealand is likely to miss One-day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals during India’s visit to Kiwis nation.
Meanwhile, India will travel to New Zealand for five ODIs and three T20Is in January 2019. Previously, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to play Test cricket due to the time difference.
BCCI cited that viewers find it difficult to wake up in the morning and follow the game. Subsequently, it impacts and TRPs and also the revenues of the world’s richest cricket board.
However, another development has come to the fore surrounding the broadcasting of the fixtures. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and Star Sports have been at the loggerheads with each other.
The broadcasting giant Star Sports brought the broadcasting rights in the subcontinent for the White Ferns and the Black Caps in 2017.
Owing to the deal, the broadcasters have asked for the Indian matches to start one hour earlier at 7:30 am IST.
In that scenario, the matches will end at approximately 3:30 pm IST, bearing in mind the time taken to complete 100 overs in the 50-overs format.
Eden Park can host 25-night events and has the permission to host the matches with a scheduled finish of 10:00 PM local time as per reports in News18.
To comply with the demands of Star Sports, they will now have to take separate permission. They will require a consent from the Auckland City Council (ACC) for a hefty penalty.
As a result, Eden Park can host only one-afternoon T20I encounter against India.
Eden Park costs a mammoth $250,000 for an ODI. It has also been learned that NZC is keen to host India in Auckland, but will have to negotiate as no other venue is expected to have any issues with 11:00 PM wrap.
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