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SABC to broadcast one cricket match

Cricket South Africa says the SABC has so far only agreed to broadcast the T20 final.

The South African team celebrates with their trophies after winning the third Test against England and securing the Test series 2-0 at Lord's cricket ground in London on August 20, 2012. South Africa replaced England as the world's number one Test side with a 51-run win in the third Test at Lord's. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Cricket South Africa (CSA) On Monday told Eyewitness News that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has so far only agreed to broadcast one of the upcoming matches in the series between New Zealand and the Proteas.

The cricketing body said the public broadcaster has only given a verbal agreement and that they are still waiting for written confirmation.

This comes after months of failed negotiations between the two parties.

It is believed the SABC has raised issues of commercial viability.

CSA acting CEO Jacques Faul said they were still locked in negotiations with the public broadcaster.

"My understanding is the Boxing Day T20 final [will be broadcast]. That's live at this stage, but we need to get the deal in writing."

Faul said they would try everything in their power to improve the deal.

"We're well aware of the public outcry and hopefully, we can negotiate a better deal for the South African public and South African cricket lovers out there."

The series will consist of eight matches, including three one-day internationals, two Test matches and three T20 matches.

The first T20 match will start on Friday.

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