Cricket telecast tender this month: Modi

Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:The Indian cricket board's much-awaited tender for telecast rights will be out by the endof this month, according to a senior board official.

"We are hoping to have the tender out by the end of this month and which is likely to be opened somehere in the middle of January," Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI)vice-president Lalit Modi said here.

Modi said some "clarity" was still required on the telecast rights issue, which has been embroiled in big controversies over the last one year.

Asked whether he felt that the government's order to provide compulsory feed to Doordarshan for terrestrial broadcast can hurt the bidding amounts in this round, heexpressed hope that it would not be the case.

Commenting specifically on the government directive, he said: "We are happy... as we are getting more eyeballs through this."

Interestingly, International Cricket Council and boards of some other countries have objected to the government's 'must share' order and said they will take up the matter withthe government.

The telecast rights have been marred in controversy since the last one year. The awarding of the four-year rights to Zee Sports last year was challenged by ESPN-Star Sports, which led to legal battles that culminated in the cancellation of the tender process.

The new tender floated by the erstwhile governing body of the BCCI was also cancelled by the present dispensation early this month.

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