Concerned by the fallout of a telecast dispute, the Cricket Board on Wednesday appointed a four-member committee to amicably resolve the vexed issue of sharing the live feed of cricket matches between rights owner Nimbus and public broadcaster Prasar Bharti.
The decision to form the committee, which would interact with the government and Nimbus, was taken at the BCCI۪s working committee meeting which deliberated at length on the telecast row. The Board۪s vice-president Shashank Manohar will head the panel while Lalit Modi, N Srinivasan and IS Bindra will be the other members.
The dispute between Nimbus, which bought the telecast rights for a whopping $612 million, and Prasar Bharti had deprived thousands of cricket fans of watching the first India-West Indies cricket one-dayer live.
“The Board thinks that people should not be deprived and the rights holders should not be affected. The BCCI understands its responsibility towards both the sides and it is better that a middle path is found,” he said.
The BCCI has already started discussions with the government on the issue. “Board president Sharad Pawar met Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi and hopefully the committee will devise a formula,” he said.
The working committee also discussed the proposed performance-linked contract for the players and it was decided to implement the scheme before the World Cup. The Board has appointed Sanjay Jagdale, a current selector, and joint secretary MP Pandove as managers for the World Cup. Pandove, who was reluctant to take up the job for his professional reasons, had to seek some permissions and because of this he will join the side after 15 days.
“A change in the structure of Ranji Trophy was also discussed but before going ahead with them, the BCCI will hold a seminar of Ranji captains and coaches,۪۪ Shah said. The Board has also decided to release the funds of CAB as “they feel no matter what the situation, the association should not be made to suffer.”
Shah said in last part of June, India will play some matches in Ireland as an off-shore assignment. “We will play three to five matches, probably against Australia and Pakistan, in Ireland,” he revealed.