The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hoping for a full series against India in the UAE in December, but the proposed series may not take place over the choice of the broadcaster.
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According to reports published in Pakistan media, the PCB and the Indian cricket board (BCCI) have differences over broadcast rights issues, in particular the PCB's series-by-series association with Ten Sports.
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The BCCI's main point of contention is that the Essel group - whose arm Zee Telefilms owns Ten Sports - is allegedly involved in plans to promote an unofficial T20 league on the lines of the now-defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL). The BCCI, it is learnt, does not approve of the PCB-Ten Sports deal and is not keen on an India-Pakistan series being broadcast by a potential 'rival' group.
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BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who had a meeting with PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan in Kolkata few days back, did not divulge details but said, "We are open to playing a series against Pakistan. But there are a few things which needed to be sorted out before the final scheduling is done."
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Sources said the BCCI is hopeful government approval for the series will be given in time if the Ten Sports issue is sorted out. In the past, the BCCI even suspended pensions of those former cricketers who had been involved in the ICL. According to sources, the PCB is seeking the BCCI's help to resolve this issue of broadcast rights.
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