BCCI to discuss on contentious telecast rights

Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Marketing Committee of the BCCI would meet here tomorrow to discuss the contentious telecast rights for the international cricket matches to be played at home for the next four years.

The meeting is crucial in the sense that less than a week is left for the start of the seven-match, one-dayer series between Indian and Sri Lanka from October 25.

The discussions at the meeting would be guided by the direction of the Delhi High Court which is hearing a petition on the telecast rights issue filed by Zee Telefilms, one ofthe four bidders.

The high court had earlier allowed BCCI to open the technical bids for telecast rights and convey it to the court without taking any decision on the eligibility of bidders.

The 13-member committee comprises all the nine office bearers including president Ranbir Singh Mahendra and secretary S K Nair as well as Arun Jaitley, Indrajit Singh Binda, Jagmohan Dalmiya and N Srinivasan.

The marketing committee at its meeting in Mumbai earlier this month had formed a three-member panel to go into the legal issues following which legal opinion in the matter had been sought from leading lawyer, Soli Sorabjee.

The legal opinion from Sorabjee has been received by the committee and would be placed before the meeting tomorrow, a BCCI source said.

Apart from Zee, ESPN-Star, Sony and Prasar Bharati had submitted bids for telecast rights for all international matches in the country between 2005 and 2009.

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