Thatscricket - News - Lanka seeks to seal new TV rights deal

Published: Sunday, February 4, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cricket Board said on Thursday it was in talks to sell the television rights for England's tour, which starts later this month, following the collapse of a three-year deal.The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) was hoping to announce a fresh deal by Tuesday, Board president Thilanga Sumathipala said."What we want to do is address the immediate issue of the England tour and then secure a contract for the next three years," Sumathipala said, adding that he did not expect any drop in revenue.The BCCSL entered into an agreement with the World Sports Group - Nimbus (WSG-Nimbus) for sponsorship rights for a three-year period in December, but the deal collapsed last month.Despite fears that England's opening Test match on February 22 might not be televised internationally, Sumathipala said they were confident of securing a fresh deal.However, he declined to name with whom they were negotiating the coverage of the England tour, which includes three One-day matches in addition to three Tests.The Cricket Board said in a statement last month that WSG-Nimbus had failed to provide the required bank guarantee and therefore the agreement was broken.However, other cricket sources said that WSG-Nimbus did not provide the bank guarantee because the Board failed to provide confirmation for the itinerary for the entire three-year period until 2003.Copyright AFP 2000

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