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BCCI in talks with TWI for Australian tour of India

Nithya Subramanian

New Delhi , Sept. 21

AS part of its contingency plans to get the Australian team's tour of India going, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already initiated talks with sports production company TransWorld International (TWI).

According to sources, the board may ask TWI to produce the series, which is scheduled to commence on October 6.

Besides TWI, Australian Channel Nine and South African Supersport are the two other well-known sports production companies.

"Senior officials of both TWI and BCCI met last week-end to work out alternative plans in anticipation of a long-drawn court battle," said BCCI sources.

"The board can now produce the matches and award the telecast rights to any of the broadcasters for the forthcoming Australia-India series."

A decision on the other matches to be played this year, including the Pakistan tour, would be taken later.

Channel Nine, TWI and Nimbus were the production companies engaged by broadcasters ESPN and Doordarshan earlier for the BCCI-organised matches.

Meanwhile, after the BCCI announced cancellation of its earlier tender, other broadcasters who had lost out during the first round of bidding could find themselves back in the reckoning. While officials in private broadcasting companies such as Ten Sports and Sony are waiting for the legal air to clear up, national broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, has said that it would rebid.

The empowered committee comprising the CEO of Prasar Bharati, Additional Secretary of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Director-General of Doordarshan and AIR and Member, Finance will review the proposal of a fresh bid," said Mr K.S. Sarma, CEO, Prasar Bharati.

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