ICC turns down BCCI appeal

Published: Saturday, September 18, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The International Cricket Council today rejected a proposal from the Indian Cricket Board that had requested the game's governing body to allow India's upcoming series against Australia to proceed without third umpire television coverage.

Terming the provision as a "pre-requisite", ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said it was the policy of the game's governing body that adequate television facilities for the third umpire were mandatory for all Test and one-day international matches.

"ICC is not able to agree to BCCI's proposal. It is ICC policy that all international matches must have third umpire television coverage in place. ICC has revisited this policy recently and confirmed that it is one of the requirements for international cricket," Speed was quoted as saying by a release here.

BCCI's request had apparently come after it got into a legal battle over telacast rights of matches to be held in India for the next four years. But ICC said while it was aware of the litigation that is taking place concerning BCCI's television rights, it was unable to waive the minimum requirement for television coverage for third umpires.

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