to Dalmiya, the television companies placed their commercial
interest on a higher pedestal instead
of the game of cricket and the public interest.
a press conference, Dalmiya said that during the entire
row spread over two weeks, the BCCI was pushed back
to the wall and had no elbow room to
find a solution.
the huge public interest revolving around the three cricket
series that India is to play against Australia, South
Africa and Pakistan, the BCCI is making certain arrangements
for live telecast.
however, did not spell out BCCI''s telecast plans. "We
are making necessary arrangements. We will make an announcement
within the next few days," he told reporters.
BCCI president said his organisation had proposed four
options to the two television companies.
was the proposal to submit fresh bids before the Bombay
High Court and rights to be awarded to the highest bidder.
second option was division of the four-year telecast period,
whereby the upcoming three cricket series will be segregated
from the total period under consideration. "The four-year
TV rights contract would then have commenced from May
2005," said Dalmiya.
a third option, the TV companies were asked to submit
tenders for the coverage of only these three cricket series.
the BCCI decided to produce the television coverage of
these matches on its own.