Aus threaten to pull out of series

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Australian cricket board is considering pulling out of the tour in India if the dispute over telecast rights is not resolved.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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Australia is reportedly considering pulling out of the tour in India if the dispute over cricket broadcasting rights is not resolved. Just a few weeks ahead of the Australian tour of India, Cricket Australia has written to the BCCI saying that it is seriously reconsidering the tour if the matches are not telecast as it fears it will be open to litigation by its sponsors, Travelex. The statement was read out in the court in Mumbai where the case is being heard. The matter pits the ESPN-STAR network against Zee, both of which want to win rights to telecast the matches. BCCI may call for fresh bid The Cricket Board has told the court today that it has powers to cancel the tender process and call for a fresh bid for the telecast of the matches. The BCCI indicated it may do so in case the legal row between ESPN-Star Sports and Zee Telefilms Ltd is not resolved soon. Zee had made the highest bid, but their expertise has been disputed by ESPN-STAR. Dalmiya speaks to CA chief Meanwhile, Jonathan Rose, the media manager for Cricket Australia has said that Australia has voiced its concern that the series be played in accordance with ICC guidelines and regulations. But he also added that the telecast rights issue was something for the BCCI to sort out. Cricket Australia have also clarified that they would very much like for this series to proceed as planned. The matter is being dealt with on a chairman to chairman basis. BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya is speaking to the Chairman of Cricket Australia. And the decisions taken in these talks will be conveyed soon.

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