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Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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PCB chief invites fresh bids for TV rights
Wednesday, January 14 2004 16:33 Hrs (IST)

Islamabad:The row over telecast rights of cricket matches has got murkier with the Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan terming the present award of contract to a Dubai-based company as "faulty" and invitingfresh tenders for the rights of the India-Pakistan series.

With the upcoming series between the two teams generating a lot of interest and companies coming up with impressive offers to bag telecast rights, Khan said he would issue fresh tenders to all the interested parties for rights to cover the series.

"Yes, international channels are approaching us but you know the PCB had signed a contract with a company," the PCB chief told local television network, Geo.

Khan was referring to an agreement between PCB and TEN Sports channel for overseas telecast of all matches played in Pakistan under an agreement signed by his predecessor Tauqir Zia.

"One channel is offering almost double what the PCB expects from the said party which got the contract, though the agreement signed with it was faulty as no other party was given any chance for negotiation," he said.

"I will put in place a transparent system and would invite interested parties for television rights of the Pak-India series."

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