No ‘agreeable terms’ with CSA – SABC won’t televise SA v Australia

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will not televise the Proteas’ limited-overs series against Australia from late August to mid-September 2023.

The Proteas and Australians will contest three T20Is and five ODIs from 30 August to 17 September.

“Cricket South Africa  confirm that the SABC will not be broadcasting matches between the Proteas and Australia,” read a statement from CSA.

“After protracted negotiations, the two parties could unfortunately not reach agreeable terms to secure broadcast rights in time to cover the tour.

“CSA and the SABC are proud to have, over the years, brought cricket content to the multitudes of cricket fans across the country. Through this partnership, content from the domestic cricket scene to the senior men’s and women’s teams was broadcast to waiting audiences, making the partnership between the SABC and CSA a thriving endeavour.

“While CSA is disappointed at the prospect of many South Africans missing out on coverage of the thrill of the much-awaited Australia series, it reaffirms its commitment to making cricket accessible to all South Africans.

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South Africa and Australia will participate in the World Cup in India later this year. England are the reigning champions.

“Consequently, CSA will continue to engage with the SABC to find common ground on the broadcasting of cricket content. This is as the public broadcaster pursues to fulfill its mandate of providing cricket coverage for the majority of South Africans, while CSA is unwavering in its quest to ensure that cricket reaches all corners of the country. It is a symbiosis that binds the two organisations together,” added CSA.

“With CSA and the SABC partnership having provided mutually beneficial value in the past, CSA believes that it is in the interest of both the parties’ stakeholders that such a partnership be maintained into the future.”

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