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  • Nimbus, Ten Sports in fray for Pakistan T20 league

    Submitted by ITV Production on Apr 30
    indiantelevision.com Team

    MUMBAI: Sports broadcaster Ten Sports, which holds the rights to international cricket played in Pakistan, has evinced interest in televising Pakistan Cricket Board?s yet-to-be launched Twenty20 franchise based league.

    Harish Thawani-promoted Nimbus Sport is also reported to have given a presentation to the PCB chairman and other senior officials last week on the Twenty20 league.

    According to reports, Nimbus is interested in just organising the league for a fee but has not shown interest in procuring rights for the event.

    Besides, Ten and Nimbus another international sports marketing agency is believed to have shown interest on the league.

    "At the presentations most of those people who gave presentations made it clear that finances needed to be generated from the Indian and other markets to sustain such a major league including the franchises," newswire PTI quotes a saource as saying.

    The PCB is hoping to get a price of around $4 to 4.5 million for a franchise which is expected to be held in October.

    "Basically they also see October as the ideal time to launch the PPL as the ICC has kept a window open for the Champions League tournament as well and foreign players could be available as well," the source said.

    "The biggest issue for the PCB is not just finances for the event but also security issues as they are keen to ensure the league launches with the participation of foreign players," the source added.

    Harish Thawani
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