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India in West Indies 2006 Cricket Series Live Telecast

India West indies Tests live on Ten Sports

Following the shocking 4-1 defeat in the one-day international series, there is immense interest in how India will now tackle a resurgent West Indies in the four-Test series.
India are on their ninth tour of the West Indies and are hoping to repeat the magic of the 1-0 series win in 1971.
The much-anticipated series starts with the first Test in Antigua Friday, with Ten Sports bringing to cricket lovers live coverage of the series and more.
The live telecast of the first three Tests will start at 7.30 p.m. (IST), while the final Test at Jamaica June 30-July 4, will begin an hour later. The second and third Tests will be played at St. Lucia (June 10-14) and St. Kitts (June 22-26).
In addition to the detailed coverage of the series, Ten Sports will also telecast its critically acclaimed studio show "Straight Drive".

India West indies series live on Ten Sports

Ten Sports will provide live and exclusive coverage of India's cricket tour of the West Indies which includes five one-day internationals and four Test matches. The ODI series, which features only day matches, starts 18 May and the first two games will be played in Jamaica. The third will take place at St Kitts while the last two would be staged in Trinidad.
The Test series starts on 2 June in Antigua after which the series moves on to St Lucia and St Kitts before concluding with the contest in Jamaica.
In addition to the live coverage, Ten Sports will also telecast its studio show, 'Straight Drive', hosted by Sanjay Manjrekar. The other guests in the studio at various times during the tour will be Ian Chappell, Desmond Haynes, Javagal Srinath and Allan Border. The programme will be shown during the pre-match build-up (for 90 minutes), and later during the lunch and tea breaks during Test matches, and the mid-innings interval in ODIs.
On-air commentary during the series will be done by Ian Bishop, Tony Cozier, Jeffrey Dujon, Dean Jones and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.
The first two ODIs start at 8 p.m IST, while the remaining three begin at 7 pm IST. The first three Test matches will start at 7:30 p.m IST, while the final Test will begin an hour later.

Indian Supreme court bars free telecast of Windies tour

India's Supreme court barred the state-run broadcaster yesterday from showing free-to-air live coverage of the national cricket team's tour of West Indies.
India will play five one-day matches and four Tests starting on May 18, and state-owned Prasar Bharti had demanded live coverage from Dubai-based private broadcaster Taj Television, whose Ten Sports unit holds telecast rights for cricket in the Caribbean.
Taj had requested a fee for the feed, which the government said it could not pay. The Supreme Court upheld a petition by Taj barring Prasar Bharti from downlinking the matches.
Last October, the government passed a controversial order making it mandatory for private broadcasters to share coverage of major live sports events, particularly cricket, with Prasar.
During India's tour of Pakistan in January and February, the two broadcasters ended up in court on the issue. They eventually reached a settlement under which Ten Sports provided free highlight packages to Prasar Bharti for Tests, and the state firm bought the live feed for one-day games.

Ten Sports moves Supreme Court

Ten Sports, which has exclusive rights to telecast the India-West Indies cricket series, on Friday moved the Supreme Court, seeking to restrain the Prasar Bharati from downlinking the live feed of the matches.
A Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhan and L K Panta posted the matter for hearing on Tuesday, telling Solicitor General G E Vahanvati to seek proper instructions on the issue as the Dubai-based sports channel has declined to provide the link without payment.
The private channel filed an application contending that if the matches of the Test and one-day international series were simulcast on Doordarshan, it will suffer a huge loss.
It said it has sold the distribution rights to Set Discovery Pvt Ltd, which will have the right to license throughout the country.
The channel said if interim relief was not granted to it, the order of the court delivered before the recent India-Pakistan series would become infructuous.
Taj Television Ltd, owner of Ten Sports, had filed the petition seeking stay of the government guidelines making it mandatory for the sports channels to share feed of sporting events of national importance with Prasar Bharati.
The court had allowed the live telecast of Indo-Pak ODIs on DD after an agreement was reached between Ten Sports and Prasar Bharati that latter would deposit in court a sum of Rs 15 crore.
Ten Sports has challenged the validity and legality of the downlinking guidelines terming it as arbitrary without the authority of law.
The sports channel had challenged the Bombay High Court order of December 21, 2005 refusing it any relief. Later the matter pending before the high court was transferred to the apex court.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.