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Not happy with planned schedule for India’s Australia tour, Seven network seeks arbitration

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‘Seven’ has lodged paperwork with the Australian Chamber for International and Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), as per a report.

Cricket Australia’s broadcast associate Seven West Media has sought official arbitration in its bid to safe a reduce in its annual charges, reportedly dissatisfied with the planned schedule for the eagerly-awaited year-end Test tour by India.

‘Seven’ has lodged paperwork with the Australian Chamber for International and Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), a report within the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ newspaper stated.

The report additionally stated that CA “could call the network’s bluff and head directly to court”.

The network has sought an impartial professional to find out the rights worth of this summer time’s schedule, together with a four-match Test sequence in opposition to India and the Big Bash League.

The report stated the network’s claims included CA’s determination to “change of dates for the matches, with only one Test before Christmas and the final Test finishing in mid January when many people are back at work.”

The schedule of the sequence, set to start in December, shouldn’t be but formally out at this level.

“As it stands, that figure is 75 million dollars in cash plus 7 million dollars in free advertising but Seven argues the campaign ahead, impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and the alleged scheduling demands by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, will lack the quality it had signed on for,” the report stated.

An ‘ESPNCricinfo’ report earlier acknowledged that the ‘Boxing Day’ Test will begin from the standard date of December 26 in Melbourne, following the pink-ball sport on the Adelaide Oval from December 17.

According to the web site, Cricket Australia have accepted the BCCI request of every week’s hole between the second and third Test, which can start in Sydney from January 7, as an alternative of a conventional January 2 begin.

The ultimate Test will start at Brisbane from January 15.

It is known that India will play the white-ball sequence earlier than the Test matches with the ODIs in Brisbane (tentatively November 26, 28 and 30), adopted by T20s on the Adelaide Oval (December 4, 6, and eight).

“Cricket Australia this morning received a letter from Seven and is awaiting a response from ACICA. CA looks forward to working with all its valued partners to deliver a safe and successful summer of women’s and men’s international and domestic cricket,” a CA spokesman was quoted as saying within the SMH report.

If CA accepts arbitration, the choice by ACICA will probably be binding and doubtlessly value the physique thousands and thousands of {dollars} if Seven is profitable, the newspaper report stated.

That is why, CA is contemplating a case of breach-of-contract in opposition to Seven within the Melbourne Supreme Court the place it could have the best to attraction in case of a loss, it added.

Seven’s managing director James Warburton had earlier talked about heading to the courts to terminate the USD 450 million, six-year deal.

The network has, nonetheless, paid the primary of 4 monetary instalments to CA for the season forward, in keeping with the report. 

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