The Irish Cricket Union is expected to confirm today that the three-match India-South Africa series, scheduled for Belfast next month, has been cancelled.

Reports coming out of India last night said that the broadcaster, Zee Television, have pulled out of their four-year television deal with the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the first casualty is their off-shore series in Ireland.

The three made-for-television, games were brought to Ireland by new ICU chief executive Warren Deutrom with a reported $600,000 windfall to the ICU so it will be a hammer blow to the union who handed over their paltry $50,000 prize money for finishing eighth at the World Cup to the players.

The ICU's only hope of salvaging some cash is to retain the ODI between Ireland and India, who are coming to the UK anyway to play a three-Test series against England in the second half of the summer, although, at such a late stage, television coverage and the money spin-off appears a non-starter.

Ireland were due to play India on June 23 and South Africa the following day with the India-South Africa games to be played on June 26, 29 and July 1. Zee Television's change of plans have spelt the deathknell to those fixtures and dealt a huge financial blow to the ICU.