CWI set to take financial hit for St Kitts T20I games - Report

By March 06, 2019
Chris Gayle Chris Gayle

Cricket West Indies has been good at improving its financial health in recent times but two extra T20I games against England have not been one of those things, with Sky Sports, the Windies-England series’ broadcast partners, refusing to pay more for the games. 

According to an ESPN report, the two games in Basseterre, St Kitts, would have generally cost US$1 million per game, but Sky Sports do not wish to pay for the games which were not originally part of the line-up.

England and the Windies were really to have played just one T20 game, but the CWI belated made the affair into a three-match series.

While the matches are still to be broadcast in the United Kingdom, the CWI will have to be the one providing the cameras, crew and the feed so as not to deny sponsors, including the government of St Kitts, any opportunities.

According to the ESPN report, a deal like that would mean Sky could broadcast the matches live for almost no money.

Whether or not Sky contributes to the cost of the broadcast is yet to be seen, but whatever the case, the figure will be much smaller than the normal US$1 million per game, a big blow for the CWI.

That blow comes because a re-negotiated figure may not be much more, if at all, than that which the CWI has to shell out for hotel accommodation for both squads, match fees and other hosting costs.

The Windies will take on England in the second of three T20Is in St Kitts on Friday. The final game, at the same venue, will take place on Sunday.

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