Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has now finalized TV deals for the two Pakistan series against South Africa and Sri Lanka. Both series are going to be played at United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the security threats in Pakistan. The Pakistan vs South Africa series will be played in October-November this years and the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka series will begin in the month of December.
According to the PCB the broadcasting rights for the Pakistan and South Africa series have been given to Ten Sports while the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka series rights were won by the Pakistan’s first sports channel, Geo Super. The series against South Africa includes two Test matches, five One Day Internationals (ODI) and two T20 Internationals and it will be broadcasted live by the UAE based sports channel, Ten Sports. While the Pakistan series against Sri Lanka who’s rights have been won by Geo Super consists of three Test, five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and two T20 International matches along with a T20 match between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“PCB finalizes TV deals for South Africa, Sri Lanka series”
The rights were given to these channels on the recommendation of Bids committee which was headed by the former president of International Cricket Council (ICC), Ehsan Mani. The previous five years Television (TV) rights deal was worth $140.5 million but this time the Pakistan Cricket Board has sold the rights of just two upcoming series this year and not for the next five years.
The reason is that the PCB is currently being led by a care-taking Chairman and the Islamabad high court has prevented the Board from taking any major decisions before the appointment of a new elected chairman. A PCB official told that the bidding process was very fair and transparent. He said that “Two bidders participated in the bidding process. The financial bids of both were evaluated and the highest bidder was selected”.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not announce the exact amount of fee that they have received against selling the TV rights but according to different news, PCB has received a quite higher amount of money this time then what they used to receive for these series previously.