West Indies news November 2, 2012

WICB signs seven-year TV rights deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Taj TV has acquired television rights from the WICB for a period of seven years, beginning from January 2013. Taj TV, which operates five sports channels including Ten Sports and has previously telecast West Indies cricket, bought the terrestrial broadcast rights for the Caribbean as well as the production rights, the West Indies board said in a release.

In all, the release said, Taj TV will broadcast 253 days of international cricket as part of the deal, and provide television production for free-to-air stations throughout the Caribbean. However, the numbers behind the deal were not revealed.

"We are extremely delighted to continue our long standing association with Taj TV Limited who has been our media rights partner previously and with whom we have had a solid and mutually beneficial relationship," the president of the WICB, Julian Hunte, said.

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  • Indian on November 5, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    @Brannavan Ramachandran - Neo Cricket is Also Based in Singapore Mate,...but Owner is Indian So does that Mean Neo Cricket is Singapore Channel ? Same Case for Taj TV...an Indian Living in Dubai is the Owner of Taj Tv...Simple

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Thanks to TAJ TV have place their confidence in the WI by signing a 7 year deal to broadcast their cricket; this must be seen as a positive for the WINDIES,they must sort out what labour problems they have with their players representatives, this is an opportunity to put the team before a much larger audience; Good luck WINDIES.

  • junior on November 3, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    I think WI selectors got it wrong, i think they should call Sarwan and Dawaine Bravo there is no point in having two spinners we only need one spinner, we have lost the service of Roach so we should have three young fast bowlers included in the squad Gabriel, Mclean, and Johnson. Tino and Fidel are past it and they only like seventh and eighth in the West Indies.

    Ramdin should be made Test captain to replace Sammy. Sammy should be made Captain of the ODI and T20 because he is not good enough to hold his place in the test match.

  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Taj TV was established in January 2001, and is owned by Zee Telefilms of India who acquired a 95% stake from Bukhatir Investments in 2010 for 114 million USD.

  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. Taj TV is actually based in Dubai mate, not India. Even if they were Indian, so what? It's a private corporation who have nothing to do with the BCCI. When people criticise India's influence on world cricket they are refferring to the actions of the BCCI.

  • Jay on November 2, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Yup, yet another INDIAN TV corporation has agreed to broadcast WI cricket. Why am I not surprised ? It's INDIA everywhere in the world of cricket. Yet, some folks simply don't want to acknowledge that and are hell bent on criticizing India's influence in world cricket. Well at least this is good for one of India's closest ALLIES in world cricket - the WICB.

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