Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Nimbus Sport has won the rights for telecasting all international and domestic cricket matches from March 2006 to March 2010.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday concluded the tender process for appointment of the television production company that will produce cricket matches.

According to a Board press release, Nimbus Sport being the lowest cost bidder was awarded the production contract over nearest challenger TWI. Despite considerably higher technical specifications issued by the BCCI compared to the previous series, such as increase in cameras from 21 to 25, inclusion of Hawkeye or an equivalent like Zoomer, Ruler, the BCCI has achieved an approximate cost per day coverage of international cricket of less than $96,000 compared to the recent India-Sri Lanka and India-South Africa ODI series which cost the BCCI approximately $1,25,000 per day, said the release.

The BCCI marketing sub-committee chairman Lalit Modi said, "BCCI, in its quest for development of cricket in India, wishes to provide the cricket fan the best viewing experience. Three companies submitted the tenders and the BCCI scrutinized the bids and concluded that two bidders, Nimbus Sport and TWI, had the requisite qualifications and experience as per the conditions listed in the Invitation to Tender.

Accordingly the financial bids were opened this morning in Mumbai in the presence of the bidders."

The Nimbus Sport chairman Harish Thawani said, "To say we are delighted to win the confidence of the BCCI is an understatement. Under Mr. Sharad Pawar's leadership this is a particularly inspiring BCCI team and we look forward to delivering to viewers across the world a never before seen standard of cricket coverage."

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