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Dalmiya blames Zee, ESPN news
23 September 2004

According to Dalmiya, the television companies placed their ‘commercial interest’ on a ‘higher pedestal’ instead of the game of cricket and the public interest.

Addressing 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.

Considering 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.

Dalmiya, 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.

The BCCI president said his organisation had proposed four options to the two television companies.

First, was the proposal to submit fresh bids before the Bombay High Court and rights to be awarded to the highest bidder.

The 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.

As a third option, the TV companies were asked to submit tenders for the coverage of only these three cricket series.

Lastly, the BCCI decided to produce the television coverage of these matches on its own.

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Dalmiya blames Zee, ESPN