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Sky snubs BCCI's 500K pounds fee to cover England tour of India
Wednesday 31 October 2012

British broadcasting network Sky News has confirmed that it will not send any presenters or production staff to cover England's tour of India after refusing to meet the financial demands made by BCCI officials (Board of Control for Cricket in India).

Instead, the firm is preparing a studio in west London from where it would cover the four Tests in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolkata, marking the first time in 20 years when cricket lovers would not receive the British coverage of an overseas England tour from inside the grounds, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the paper, the move comes after the BCCI demanded an extra 500,000 pounds to install television studios at each ground during the matches.

Sky would now use the voices of Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain, who would commentate from a west London studio, over pictures fed by Indian host broadcaster Star Sports.

ANI

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