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India-Bangladesh series telecast remains in jeopardy as official broadcaster makes $1 million offer

The three ODIs will be played on June 15, 17 and 19 © Getty Images
The three ODIs will be played on June 15, 17 and 19 © Getty Images

Jun 13, 2014

Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) media rights holder Gazi TV has offered $1 million for the rights of the upcoming three-match One-Day International (ODI) series between India and Bangladesh, which starts this Sunday.

The two teams will be playing three ODIs, on June 15, 17 and 19. The offer was especially made to Star Sports, who have not yet shown any interest. Mumbai Mirror reports that the Indian TV channel wants the priced to be reduced. Salahuddin Chowdhury, a Gazi TV‘s official  said, “We’ve not received any confirmation from Star. We don’t want to deprive the Indian fans of live action of the series.”

As yet another blow to the hopes of the telecast of the upcoming series, Indian national channel Doordarshan has also declined the offer. It is believed that DD relies on sharing the feed with a satellite channel rather than taking the rights exclusively.

The newspaper on Thursday reported that with just three days to go for the upcoming three-match One-Day International (ODI) series between India and Bangladesh, there are fears of no telecast of the series in India as no broadcaster for the matches has been decided yet.

Star Sports – the official broadcaster of all international and domestic matches in India – was approached but the offer made by them was too less for the rights holder to accept. It must be noted that the Indian team is without their key players such as MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and the explosive Shikhar Dhawan.

Gazi TV, who owns the rights in Bangladesh cricket, has sought Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) intervention on the issue. Till the time this report was filed, there was no progress on the matter. There are only two channels Gazi TV can reach out to – Star Sports and Sony Six. While Star have offered a very less price, Sony are busy in the telecast of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Prasanna Krishnan, the CEO of Sony Six said, “There would be a lot of overlapping time between the World Cup matches and ODIs. We’ve a planned a few prematch shows for the World Cup and we could not have spared our channel for cricket.”

Talking about the option of Star Sports, Salahuddin Chowdhury, CFO and head of operations of Gazi Group, said, “Star has offered a less than million dollars for three matches. That is too less in comparison to the cost of the rights. Because of the BCCI’s problems with Neo and Ten, we can’t sell the rights to them. Unless, something dramatic happens over the next two days, I cannot assure you that the matches will be telecast in India.”

“We don’t have the rights of the series,” Nitin Kukreja from Star Sports said. 

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