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ASIA CUP

It is understood that the Asia Cups will be held at the non-India and non-Pakistan venues so that the controversy of the last edition can be avoided

It is understood that the Asia Cups will be held at the non-India and non-Pakistan venues so that the controversy of the last edition can be avoided © AFP

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is planning to float a tender for the media rights of the Asia Cup and the process could be initiated in the next one month. The ACC is hoping to complete the process by July. Over the last few months, the ACC officials have been discussing with Indian broadcasters to elicit their views on the issue.

Cricbuzz understands that the ACC will be offering both four-year and eight-year deal but the impression from the broadcasters is that eventually the parties will settle for the long term option. There will be four Asia Cups in the tender with two 50-over championships and two Twenty20 competitions.

It is also understood that the ACC is being foresighted and will tell the broadcasters that the Asia Cups will be held at the non-India and non-Pakistan venues so that the controversy of the last edition can be avoided. The ACC wants to foreclose the situation of India and Pakistan teams refusing to travel to each other’s countries.

The last Asia Cup was held in a hybrid model after India refused to travel to Pakistan, the designated host. A part of the tournament was hosted in Pakistan and the rest in Sri Lanka. Largely, it means Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, UAE and even Oman will be the potential hosts.

Star Sports are the outgoing broadcasters of Asia Cup and it is learnt that the deal was worth about $80 million for the four editions of Asia Cup. The ACC is hoping for appreciation in value in view of the fact that each edition will have between two and three India-Pakistan contests, the most high profile fixtures in world cricket.

FanCode bags Pakistan-NZ series rights

FanCode, a streaming platform, has bagged the rights of the five twenty20 International games to show in India. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sold the international rights to a consortium of ARY Communications and TransGroup and FanCode is believed to have bought the rights from the consortium. The first T20I is on April 18.

When asked about it, a PCB spokesperson said the talks are underway. “The consortium of ARY Communications and TransGroup are the PCB’s international media rights partner for the T20I series between Pakistan and New Zealand. I understand they are in the process of finalising some arrangements in India. Once these arrangements are locked, either the partners or the PCB (on behalf of the partners) will make the announcement,” the PCB said. Cricbuzz understands that the deal with FanCode has been locked in.

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