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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to rebrand its major domestic competitions for the new season in association with its marketing partner, Nimbus Communications, with a view to rejuvenate domestic cricket.
The elite division Ranji Trophy will henceforth be known as the "Super League for the Ranji Trophy", the plate division as the "Plate League", the inter-state one-day knockout tournament as the "Premier Cup", Deodhar Trophy as the "Star Series for the Deodhar Trophy" and the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy as the "Challenger Series for the NKP Salve Trophy". The Board will be telecasting 72 days of domestic cricket live, including several one-day matches, 80 per cent of which will be day/night affairs. The matches will be shown on Nimbus" new "Neo Sports" channel, which will be launched on Oct 1. Nimbus has managed to sign on Sky Sports (UK), Super Sport (Africa) and Astro (Malaysia) to telecast Indian domestic cricket, Nimbus chairam Harish Thawani informed. Domestic cricket live telecast plan schedule:
Challenger Series (Oct 1-4), Irani Trophy (Rest of India vs UPCA, Oct 9-13), Duleep Trophy final (Nov 12-16). Super League for Ranji Trophy: Delhi vs Tamil Nadu (Nov 23-26), Rajasthan vs Hyderabad (Dec 1-4), Punjab vs Mumbai (Dec 9-12), Hyderabad vs Uttar Pradesh (Dec 17-20), Saurashtra vs Delhi (Dec 25-28), Baroda vs Uttar Pradesh (Jan 2-5), Maharashtra vs Mumbai (Jan 10-13), First semi-final (Jan 18-22), Final (Jan 27-31). Deodhar Trophy: Central vs West (Feb 24), East vs South (Feb 24), Central vs North (Feb 26), East vs West (Feb 27), Central vs South (March 3) North vs West (March 4), Central vs East (March 7), North vs South (March 8), East vs North (March 9), South vs West (March 10), Premier Cup: Railways vs W PQF1 (March 15), N2 vs W2 (March 16), W1 vs N1 (March 17), Winner PQF2 vs Uttar Pradesh (March 18), Semi final 1 (March 21), Semi final 2 (March 22), Final (March 25).

DLF Cup Tri Series 2006 in Malaysia

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Zee Sports to telecast Malaysia Tri-Series

Zee Sports will telecast live the tri-series in Malaysia, featuring India, Australia and West Indies, starting September 12.
The channel will also conduct a live studio show "Cricket Cafe" from the Kinrara Oval stadium in Kuala Lumpur. Zee is handling production of the matches and its commentary panel includes the likes of Tony Greig, Ian Bishop, Arun Lal, L Sivaramakrishnan, Jeff Thomson, Justin Langer and Kapil Dev, the channel said in a statement on Wednesday.
Real Estate major DLF will be the presenting sponsor of the day-night tournament. Each team will play the other twice in the league matches before the top two teams lock horns in the final on September 24. The matches will start at 1230 IST.
Zee will show these matches live on its UK-Europe, Middle East and South Africa beams as well and live commentary will be carried by All India Radio

Tri Series 2006 in Sri Lanka

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Supreme Court orders waiver of sports telecast rule

The Supreme Court ordered on Friday that a private broadcaster holding the rights for this month's one-day cricket series in Sri Lanka need not share the feed with state-run Doordarshan channel.
The directive was issued on a petition by Dubai-based Taj Television opposing a controversial government telecast rule introduced in November. The rule made it mandatory for private broadcasters to share live sports feed, particularly cricket involving the national team, with Doordarshan. Legal battles over telecast rights normally precede almost every major cricket series involving India, world cricket's commercial hub.
The government wants all matches on its free-to-air terrestrial channel because millions of fans in the cricket-mad country cannot afford cable TV. India, South Africa and hosts Sri Lanka will figure in the one-day tri-series to be played from Aug. 14-29. The government waived its rule in January after a petition by Taj Television to the top court against sharing its feed for the lucrative India cricket tests in Pakistan.

The Supreme Court to rule on Ten Sports' plea

All eyes in the sports broadcast business are on the Supreme Court today, as it is scheduled to deliver its ruling on the plea filed by Taj Television, owner of Ten Sports, seeking a directive to pubcaster Prasar Bharati against interfering with the live transmission of the upcoming Sri Lanka tri-series involving India as well.
Ten Sports, which holds exclusive telecast rights to Sri Lanka cricket, will obviously be hoping for a ruling similar to the one it secured ahead of India's tour to the West Indies in early May. The apex court had then ordered that Ten Sports had exclusive telecast rights to the series and need not share it with the pubcaster. The matter will be heard by a Bench of Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice Markandey Katju, the Press Trust of India has reported. The Bench had earlier issued notices to the information and broadcasting ministry and Prasar Bharati on Ten Sports' plea. It is worth noting that Ten Sports' rights to Sri Lanka cricket, which it has held since 1 January 2004, comes to a close on to 31 December 2006.

The Supreme Court notice to Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Prasar Bharti

The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Prasar Bharti on Ten Sports' plea to restrain the public broadcaster from interfering with its exclusive telecast rights of the forthcoming major cricket, hockey and tennis events.
The channel's plea was against sharing the feed of upcoming tri-series cricket, Champions Trophy and World Cup hockey (men and women), and US Open Tennis. The matter was mentioned by Ten Sports Counsel P H Parekh before a Bench of Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice Markandey Katju which posted it for hearing on July 31. In an application filed in the court, Ten Sports said it has obtained exclusive telecast rights of the above-mentioned sports events on payment of huge money and expressed the apprehension that by virtue of order dated April 5, 2006, Prasar Bharti may insist on the petitioner sharing with it the feed of ensuing hockey events and US Open Tennis tournament. The petitioner said the women's Champions Trophy and World Cup hockey events were not covered by the said order but it included the events in the application by way of abundant caution. By virtue of the recent Downlinking Guidelines issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Ten Sports said it will also be required to share the feed of the forthcoming cricket tri-series to be played in Sri Lanka between India, South Africa and the host nation from August 14 to 29, 2006. Pointing out that the operation of the relevant part of the said Downlinking Guidelines were stayed on May 9, it requested the Court to pass a similar order with regard to the forthcoming sports events.

India in West Indies 2006 Series

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India West indies Tests live on Ten Sports

Following the shocking 4-1 defeat in the one-day international series, there is immense interest in how India will now tackle a resurgent West Indies in the four-Test series.
India are on their ninth tour of the West Indies and are hoping to repeat the magic of the 1-0 series win in 1971.
The much-anticipated series starts with the first Test in Antigua Friday, with Ten Sports bringing to cricket lovers live coverage of the series and more.
The live telecast of the first three Tests will start at 7.30 p.m. (IST), while the final Test at Jamaica June 30-July 4, will begin an hour later. The second and third Tests will be played at St. Lucia (June 10-14) and St. Kitts (June 22-26).
In addition to the detailed coverage of the series, Ten Sports will also telecast its critically acclaimed studio show "Straight Drive".

India West indies series live on Ten Sports

Ten Sports will provide live and exclusive coverage of India's cricket tour of the West Indies which includes five one-day internationals and four Test matches. The ODI series, which features only day matches, starts 18 May and the first two games will be played in Jamaica. The third will take place at St Kitts while the last two would be staged in Trinidad.
The Test series starts on 2 June in Antigua after which the series moves on to St Lucia and St Kitts before concluding with the contest in Jamaica.
In addition to the live coverage, Ten Sports will also telecast its studio show, 'Straight Drive', hosted by Sanjay Manjrekar. The other guests in the studio at various times during the tour will be Ian Chappell, Desmond Haynes, Javagal Srinath and Allan Border. The programme will be shown during the pre-match build-up (for 90 minutes), and later during the lunch and tea breaks during Test matches, and the mid-innings interval in ODIs.
On-air commentary during the series will be done by Ian Bishop, Tony Cozier, Jeffrey Dujon, Dean Jones and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.
The first two ODIs start at 8 p.m IST, while the remaining three begin at 7 pm IST. The first three Test matches will start at 7:30 p.m IST, while the final Test will begin an hour later.

Indian Supreme court bars free telecast of Windies tour

India's Supreme court barred the state-run broadcaster yesterday from showing free-to-air live coverage of the national cricket team's tour of West Indies.
India will play five one-day matches and four Tests starting on May 18, and state-owned Prasar Bharti had demanded live coverage from Dubai-based private broadcaster Taj Television, whose Ten Sports unit holds telecast rights for cricket in the Caribbean.
Taj had requested a fee for the feed, which the government said it could not pay. The Supreme Court upheld a petition by Taj barring Prasar Bharti from downlinking the matches.
Last October, the government passed a controversial order making it mandatory for private broadcasters to share coverage of major live sports events, particularly cricket, with Prasar.
During India's tour of Pakistan in January and February, the two broadcasters ended up in court on the issue. They eventually reached a settlement under which Ten Sports provided free highlight packages to Prasar Bharti for Tests, and the state firm bought the live feed for one-day games.

Ten Sports moves Supreme Court

Ten Sports, which has exclusive rights to telecast the India-West Indies cricket series, on Friday moved the Supreme Court, seeking to restrain the Prasar Bharati from downlinking the live feed of the matches.
A Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhan and L K Panta posted the matter for hearing on Tuesday, telling Solicitor General G E Vahanvati to seek proper instructions on the issue as the Dubai-based sports channel has declined to provide the link without payment.
The private channel filed an application contending that if the matches of the Test and one-day international series were simulcast on Doordarshan, it will suffer a huge loss.
It said it has sold the distribution rights to Set Discovery Pvt Ltd, which will have the right to license throughout the country.
The channel said if interim relief was not granted to it, the order of the court delivered before the recent India-Pakistan series would become infructuous.
Taj Television Ltd, owner of Ten Sports, had filed the petition seeking stay of the government guidelines making it mandatory for the sports channels to share feed of sporting events of national importance with Prasar Bharati.
The court had allowed the live telecast of Indo-Pak ODIs on DD after an agreement was reached between Ten Sports and Prasar Bharati that latter would deposit in court a sum of Rs 15 crore.
Ten Sports has challenged the validity and legality of the downlinking guidelines terming it as arbitrary without the authority of law.
The sports channel had challenged the Bombay High Court order of December 21, 2005 refusing it any relief. Later the matter pending before the high court was transferred to the apex court.

England TV deal decision delayed

A decision on who will broadcast live coverage of England's Test series in India will be announced on Thursday.
Nimbus, which paid 352m for rights to India's home matches until 2010, has agreed a deal and will reveal details in a statement on Thursday morning. The series could be shown in the UK on pay-per-view television, with Setanta, Zee TV, Sony and ARY Digital among the leading candidates.
Sky reportedly also remain in the frame for the three-match series. This is despite Nimbus chairman Harish Thawani saying on Tuesday: "There are currently no negotiations with Sky - they finished at the weekend. "We were somewhat disappointed with Sky Sports' offer but we respect the fact they have their own business to run and own budgets." Sky holds exclusive rights to all of England's home games after signing a new four-year deal in 2005, and has shown England's overseas Tests for 16 years.
A Sky Sports spokesman refused to comment, citing a confidentiality clause relating to the negotiations. BBC Radio are providing ball-by-ball coverage of the three matches on Test Match Special, after completing a four-year agreement with Nimbus.

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TELEVISION SCHEDULES: Who will show what?
Cricket Matches Live Telecast in UK Tests to be viewing phenomenon India's historic cricket tour of Pakistan, starting this week, will be a television phenomenon, particularly the one-day internationals, each of which is expected to be watched by a massive 600 million TV viewers on the subcontinent alone.
Sky will screen the Pakistan-India matches exclusively here, having just formalised a deal with ARY, the satellite broadcaster whose target audience is the Indian and Pakistani communities in Britain and Europe.

Cricket Matches Live Telecast in INDIA India-Pak matches will not be blocked: Ten Sports New Delhi: Ten Sports today stated there would be no blackout of the matches from Pakistan since the network has finalised its arrangements with the various multi-service operators (MSOs) all over the country. Ms Sharmishtha Rajwani, Managing Director of Taj TV which owns Ten Sports, told UNI in a telephonic interview from Mumbai, ''We have already closed the deals in all the major cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata and therefore the telecast would be received without interruption by cable and satellite subscribers all over the country.'' She, however, admitted that there were some differences to be ironed out with the MS0 Hathway but expressed confidence that the negotiations would work out smoothly.
The subscription rate for telecast of the India-Pakistan series will continue to be Rs 14 - the price Ten Sports has been charging since it was launched in India two years ago, she added.
Cricket! Live, on DD and cable: Apex court (Times of India) against Pakistan 'A' would not affect the team's morale when it goes into the first one-day international here Saturday. TV channel Ten Sports on Friday agreed to provide live telecast feed to Doordarshan and all cable TV operators for Cricket One-Day International between India and Pakistan for Saturday.

Cricket Matches Live Telecast in USA & CANADA Getting Cricket on Satellite TV The DBS service that has been religiously broadcasting Cricket to the viewers in the U.S. since 1997 is Dishnetwork. While DirectTV used to broadcast games prior to 1998, they seemed to have lost interest in the cricket watching public in America (that can run into over a million people during major games). So what service should you get to watch Cricket? Well, going by the recent history, it will have to be Dishnetwork. For those of you who live in Canada, Dishnetwork broadcasts much of their programs including Cricket through Bell ExpressVu.
At this point, lets add a pleasant surprise for you South Asian cricket fans. Most competitions where India or Pakistan participates are shown live on ZTV or TVAsia channels on Dishnetwork. These channels cost around US$15 per month and can be subscribed and unsubscribed anytime.  Read more at lankatown


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Cricket Matches Live Telecast in North America Package Listing - India tour of Pakistan 04 - North America - USA and Canada Offerings for the US region now available.. But at $125 for the rest of the matches, it will be better to go with dishnet to watch it on regular tv for around $200 !


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