Live telecast not linked to Test status: ICC

Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday said India's home Test series against Australia would not lose its official status if it was not telecast live.

The game's world governing body reiterated that it was not binding on the home Boards to have Tests and one-day internationals telecast live. However, it was mandatory for them to make available live action and slow motion pictures for the third umpire.

"As far as ICC's requirements are concerned, cameras should be in place so that the third umpire can perform his duty," ICC spokesman Jon Long told PTI.

BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya had told a press conference on Wednesday that the matches between India and Australia could lose their Test status if these were not telecast live as per the conditions laid out by the ICC.

The Board finds itself in a hole over the issue of awarding telecast rights of its matches from September 2004 to August 2008.

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