No live telecast does not mean no test status: ICC
The ICC said India's home Test series against Australia would not lose its official status if it was not telecast live.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
London :The International Cricket Council said India's home Test series against Australia would not lose its official status if it was not telecast live. The game's world governing body reiterated that it was not binding on the home Boards to have Tests and one-day internationals telecast live. However, it was mandatory for them to make available live action and slow motion pictures for the third umpire. "As far as ICC's requirements are concerned, cameras should be in place so that the third umpire can perform his duty," ICC spokesman Jon Long said. BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya had told a press conference yesterday that the matches between India and Australia could lose their Test status if these were not telecast live as per the conditions laid out by the ICC. The Board finds itself in a hole over the issue of awarding telecast rights of its matches from September 2004 to August 2008. ESPN-Star Sports filed a petition in Mumbai High Court against it offering the rights to Zee Television Ltd, which was the highest bidder. Subsequently, the Board decided to cancel the rights awarded to Zee. But while ESS withdrew its petition, Zee approached the Supreme Court, contending the decision to cancel the rights was unilateral. The three-judge Bench which heard the case has posted it for hearing tomorrow before a five-judge Constitution Bench. (PTI)