Pakistan cricket TV rights go to Ten Sports, Geo Super
Rebecca Hawkes | 11-09-2013
South Asian broadcaster Ten Sports has won the broadcast rights for Pakistan's forthcoming home cricket series against South Africa, while Pakistani pay-TV operator Geo Super will cover its matches with Sri Lanka.
Pakistan will face South Africa from 8 October to 15 November, followed by Sri Lanka from 11 December to 20 January, with all matches to be played in the neutral UAE due to security fears.
Local concerns have been raised about the bidding process, as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) caretaker chairman Najam Sethi is employed by Geo as an anchor for its political programme Aapas ki Baat.
A PCB spokesman, however, told The National: "The sale process was conducted by a bids committee and the entire process was monitored by independent Audit Firm Ernst & Young and observed by a member of the PCB governing board to ensure its transparency and integrity."
The two bids were, the PCB says, evaluated in accordance with the terms of the invitation to tender, in what was a transparent process.
The UAE-based Ten Sports will show all the action between Pakistan and South Africa in a series which comprises three Tests, five one day internationals (ODIs), and two twenty20 (T20) matches.
Geo will cover the three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s in the Sri Lanka series. In addition, it will broadcast the one-off T20 between Pakistan and Afghanistan on 8 December.
Financial details of the media rights deals have not been released, though the PCB says they "are significantly higher" than were received for the same series previously. Pakistan's last five-year TV rights deal with Ten Sports, which expired in June 2013, was worth a reported US$140.5million.