TV rights tussle blocks Irani Trophy telecast

Published: Monday, September 20, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Irani Trophy cricket match between Ranji champions Mumbai and Rest of India beginning at Mohali from September 22 would probably not be telecast live due to the ongoing legal tussle over telecast rights of the national and international matches in the country.

"Our existing agreement with Doordarshan has already expired and the new agreement has not been signed yet due to litigation hence nothing can be said at this stage," said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, S K Nair.

He said in the earlier agreement with Doordarshan there was a contractual obligation for live telecast of some domestic matches like the Irani Trophy but, "at this stage there is nothing in place".

He, however, said if the host association, Punjab Cricket Association in this case, took initiative to make some local arrangement with Doordarshan then the matter could be taken up at the Board level.

"But till now nobody has approached us for the telecast of the Irani Trophy match," Nair said.

The five-day season-opener match between Dinesh Mongia led Rest of India and Mumbai begining at the picturesque Mohali cricket ground on Wednesday.

The BCCI had last month floated a tender for awarding telecast rights for three years and after scrutiny of the bids had decided to award the rights to Zee Telefilms.

The Board's decision, however, was challenged by ESPN-Star Sports in the Bombay High Court and the matter is now pending before the court.

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