Australia's public broadcaster Tuesday said it will not broadcast or report live from the upcoming cricket Test series in India after deciding not to pay inflated rights fees.
The ABC said it could not afford the broadcast rights fees demanded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), understood to be much higher for the four-Test series beginning February 22 than previous Australian tours.
It had still intended to send veteran radio commentator Jim Maxwell, but the BCCI refused him accreditation.
"It is really disappointing," an ABC spokeswoman told AFP.
"It will result in it being covered through the news just like a news item but there won't be any feeds, certainly not ball-by-ball coverage."
As a general rule, ABC covers Australia's Test matches in India, although it did not broadcast the 2010 series as it clashed with the Commonwealth Games.
The ABC said its managing director Mark Scott was negotiating with the Indian High Commission in Australia to reverse Maxwell's accreditation decision.