Cape Town – South Africa’s challenge at the ICC Champions
Trophy tournament in the UK, starting on Thursday, will be screened only on
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commentary on Thursday.
That much can be gleaned both from official SABC television
listings – none of the Proteas’ three Group B games feature at present, either
in live or delayed form – and from a statement issued by Cricket South Africa
In the announcement, CSA said they had noted “the various
comments on social media and regular media platforms around the televised
broadcast” of the tournament.
“We would like to clarify that CSA has no say concerning the
television rights for ICC (International Cricket Council) events, which is a
matter of direct negotiation between the various broadcasters and the IDI, the
commercial wing of the ICC.
“As things stand, (pay broadcaster) SuperSport has acquired
the rights to the tournament for sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa,
from the ICC.
“Any free-to-air broadcaster can thus negotiate with
SuperSport International for the free-to-air rights.”
SuperSport has already indicated that it will screen all
Champions Trophy matches live on SS2 and HD2, and will introduce injured
Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith as a guest pundit.
National broadcaster the SABC traditionally screens only
home international matches featuring the Proteas, and also usually shows South
African matches at fuller World Cups.
AB de Villiers’s team start their campaign against ODI No
1-ranked India in Cardiff on Thursday (11:30 SA time).
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