Broadcast talks break down over T20 in Bangladesh

A standoff between the Bangladesh rights holders and Australian broadcasters led to the opening match of the five-game T20 series being unavailable to watch in Australia.

It marks the first time since 1994 the senior Australian men’s team played a series that was not broadcast in Australia.

A claims the Bangladesh Cricket Board sold its broadcast rights to BanTech, a marketing agency, in May this year in a two-year deal reported in local media to be worth about $US19m. BanTech then sub-licenses those rights to broadcasters, both in Bangladesh and abroad.

But negotiations with Australian broadcasters – including Foxtel and free-to-air broadcasters – broke down and a deal could not be struck ahead of the first match.

While the series is available to viewers outside Australia on YouTube, the rights holders have instructed the RabbitholeBD channel to black out the Australian market.

Cricket.com.au is the only Australian media who are on the ground covering the series in Dhaka and will offer readers live scores, match highlights as well as exclusive news and videos.