The Madras High Court today directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to award the upcoming anticipated India and Pakistan series to Doordarshan.
The High Court also directed to engage any producer for the purpose of live telecast except ZEE Telefilms and ESPN-Star.
BCCI will now decide which company will do the production work for the Indo-Pak series.
The judge also directed Prasar Bharati and BCCI to maintain accounts of all receipts of income and expenditure during the Indo-Pak series. The final order will be given in 10 days time.
The Indian Cricket Board had said Pakistan’s tour beginning next week may be called off if the telecast issue is not resolved.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had reportedly asked for compensation if the tour is called off.
BCCI welcomes order
Meanwhile, the BCCI has welcomed the Madras High Court order on the telecast of upcoming India-Pakistan cricket series, saying it will take necessary action as per the court direction.
“We welcome the court order. We will take necessary action as per the high court direction,” said S K Nair, BCCI Secretary.
Nair said the Board will take action after obtaining the details of the court order.
ZEE welcomes order
Chairman of ZEE Telefilms Ltd Subhash Chandra said that the decision of the court was in the larger interest of the cricket lovers in both the countries.
UK telecast decision
A UK broadcaster for the series will also be announced in the next few days. It is currently unknown, which channel will telecast the series between the two arch-rivals. Biz Asia will keep you right up to date.