'Trump-like' allegations of Channel 7 absurd & untrue: Cricket Tasmania

Sydney, Dec 2 (IANS): Cricket Tasmania has denied the allegations made by Channel 7 about government deals to play Big Bash games, saying the claims made by the broadcaster are "Trump-like".

Channel 7 has raised objection to Cricket Australia giving undue favour to the Australian state of Tasmania besides questioning the scheduling of the BBL at a later date than promised -- from December 3 to December 10 -- without it coinciding with the first India-Australia Test slated to start from December 17 in Adelaide.

Lewis Martin, managing director of Seven Network, has expressed surprise in an affidavit over CA hosting of eight of the first 12 men's BBL matches in small stadia that makes no commercial sense.

Reacting to this, Cricket Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin said: "The Trump-like allegations concerning the Tasmanian state government are patently absurd and untrue", as per Fox Sports.

"The Tasmanian government has certainly provided an incentive. Its proactive and responsible Covid-19 policies have ensured that Tasmania is one of the world's safest places and the perfect location to host the start of the Big Bash," he added.

In his affidavit filed in the Victoria district registry of the Federal Court of Australia, Martin said he was convinced that Cricket Australia was offered an incentive to take the games to Tasmania.

However, Gaggin stated that no financial incentive was provided by the Tasmanian government to Cricket Australia for BBL matches to be played in Tasmania.

"Tasmania has long been the grassroots champion of Australian cricket, having provided a host of great players and the current Test captain," said Gaggin.

"It is pleasing that Cricket Australia has acknowledged this, and we look forward to an amazing start to the tournament. Cricket Tasmania is an equal owner of Australian cricket and will continue to push for world-class content to be played in this state. Tasmania has successfully hosted international cricket for over 30 years and will continue to do so," he added.

BBL is slated to start in Hobart from December 10 with Hobart Hurricanes taking on the Sydney Sixers.


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