Colombo: Srilankan Cricket Board has expressed dissatisfaction on the meagre rates quoted by the Tensports, over the India and Srilanka series, scheduled to be played between August and September. The SLC has received the TV broadcast bid for the homes series, quotes by Tensports as $1.4 million to which the board expressed dismay.
Speaking over it Srilanka Cricket Board Chairperson Sidath Wettimuny, said ” I cannot express how disappointed i was. It was a very low total bid. So i have gone back to the Tensports to reconsider the bid. We have a working relation with Tensports and am expecting their approach back to me in two or three days.”. He added ” If nothing changes, we would consider other options.
The series which was yet to be scheduled, was originally planned to play in India. However, the venues were shifted as a repayment to Srilanka’s tour of India in the November last year. Tensports holds the official broadcasting rights of the matches held in Srilanka. However, the board may sell the broadcasting rights to other firms, as the proposed series does not come under the Future Tour Programs, the espncricinfo reports.
As per the sources, a Test Match against India, has a broadcasting value of $2 Million per match. The schedule for the three match series has not been finalized yet. But the latest draft suggests, the first test beginning on August 18 and the third test finishing on September 7th.