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DD, Channel 9 tie up for cricket telecast

Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Doordarshan on Wednesday signed a two-year agreement with Channel 9 of Australia for producing cricket coverage consisting of international one-dayers and Test matches played in India.

The agreement would also cover training of two Doordarshan production teams to equip them to produce international-class sports coverage, Prasar Bharti Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Ratan Shah said after signing the agreement here on Wednesday afternoon with James Packer of Channel 9.

Shah said the agreement, for which Doordarshan will fork out Rs 18.44 crore, envisages production of at least 27 days of cricket coverage each year.

The collaboration would go into effect with the coverage of the India-South Africa Test series later this month, Packer said.

Among the commentators being roped in by the channel for the series are Tony Greig, who was present at a press conference after the signing of the agreement, Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Manjrekar and Barry Richards.

Describing Channel 9 as the ''best sports producer in the world'', Shah said Doordarshan would benefit immensely by the collaboration and bring world class cricket coverage for its viewers.

One-day internationals would be available on the Doordarshan's national and sports channels and also on the regional channels in areas where the signal reception was not clear.

UNI

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