Telecast row: BCCI panel to meet

Marketing Committee of the Cricket Board will meet in Kolkata on Thursday to discuss the issue of telecast rights for the international matches.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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Kolkata:The Marketing Committee of the Cricket Board would meet in Kolkata tomorrow to discuss the contentious issue of telecast rights for the international 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-day series between Indian and Sri Lanka on 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 of the 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. Special panels 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, Inderjit 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 eminent lawyer Soli Sorabjee. Sorabjee's opinion has been received by the committee and would be placed at 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. (PTI)

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