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New Zealand annoyed over TV absence

2.82K   //    15 Aug 2015, 17:00 IST
Test captain Hashim Amla played a match winning innings in the 1st T20

The New Zealand players were “annoyed” that the first T20 International played in Durban against South Africa was not broadcast on television in New Zealand, said NZ batting coach Craig McMillan.

A spokesperson from Sky Sports said that negotiations will continue and the New Zealand board said they would discuss the situation with South Africa cricket and come to a conclusion. As of now the matches are not scheduled to be broadcast.

"The players are annoyed," McMillan said on Veitch on Sport, a New Zealand radio show. "They want to be seen back home. We have some young guys playing for New Zealand for the first time, like George Worker... these are guys who are just starting out on their international careers. Let's hope some resolution can be found in the next 24 hours and hope the next game will be on the box.

"I know there are some issues with time difference but it's very unusual for us to be touring around the world and be playing one of the world's best teams and not have that on TV back home."

Kirsty Way a Sky TV spokesperson said their bid for the TV rights hadn't been accepted. "We are really disappointed, too," she told Herald on Sunday. "We have put in a really good bid - a big bid - and it hasn't been accepted. No one in New Zealand has offered more for it. We are not going to stop trying."

New Zealand Cricket said in a statement that it would try and reach a resolution with CSA. "The broadcasting rights for overseas tours are not owned by NZC: they are the property of Cricket South Africa. However, NZC will be discussing the situation with Cricket South Africa, in an attempt to ensure Black Caps fans will be able to watch the remainder of the series live in New Zealand."

New Zealand succumbed in the first T20 in Durban by six wickets. The second game is scheduled on Sunday, followed by three ODIs from Wednesday. The second leg of New Zealand's tour of Africa was available on television in New Zealand.

New Zealand 151/8(Guptil 42, Williamson 42) lost to South Africa 152/4(Amla 48, Rossouw 38)