Dhaka: The three-ODI series between Bangladesh and India is in danger of not been telecast by broadcasters in India, according to a report in the Mumbai Mirror.
The report mentioned that BCCI's vindictive attitude and the lack of star power in the Indian team has made broadcasters unsure of telecasting the series. This has caused problems for Gazi TV, the Bangladesh right's holder for the series.
The BCCI is fighting Ten Sports and Nimbus in court while Sony Six is televising the 2014 FIFA World Cup and declined to telecast the series as it could not accommodate more live sports. The report in the Mumbai Mirror said that Star Sports did make an offer but the price of Rs 5 crore per match was too little.
Salahuddin Chowdhury, CFO 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."
Prasanna Krishnan, CEO of Sony Six, told the newspaper, "There would be a lot of overlapping time between the World Cup matches and ODIs. We've planned a few pre-match shows for the World Cup and we could not have spared our channel for cricket."
However, there seems to be some positive news for Gazi. There is an alternative to partner Doordarshan, India's state owned broadcaster. DD is open to a revenue-sharing deal but with the series starting in a couple of days, there is a big question mark on the amount of revenue generated.
This is not the first time that Bangladesh is been plagued by broadcasting issues. Before the start of the Asia Cup and the World T20, the BCB was facing issues with Nimbus and had invited fresh bids for worldwide media rights.