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Flooded control room irks Nimbus

cricket Updated: Oct 30, 2008 00:27 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times
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For Numbus, which paid $612 million for the rights to the cricket India plays at home for a four-year period, it seems things aren't going too well at the moment. Not long ago, there were reports that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had sent them a legal notice over an alleged delay in payment of an annual instalment due. Imagine their shock then when they turned up at the Ferozeshah Kotla to broadcast the first day's play, only to find the control room flooded and half a foot of water submerging everything placed on the floor.

The control room is the nerve centre of any broadcast and houses hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of sophisticated equipment. Apparently, a water pipe had burst just above the control room and leaked through the night. The real danger came from the communication equipment that was stored in the room, plugged in to the electricity to charge. Had there been a short circuit, the damage might have been severe.

With water having filled up some of the boxes that the equipment was stored in, Nimbus was making arrangements to source replacements for the damaged equipment from Mumbai and Singapore in order to ensure uninterrupted coverage.

A senior production official from Nimbus has written to the BCCI about the "accident", asking that better provisions be made for control rooms in Kotla and at other international venues.

When someone forks out hundreds of millions of dollars for something, you'd think they are within their rights to ask for a room where they can do their work without worrying about water flooding the place.

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