Pak President intervenes to resolve TV row
The row between the state-run PTV and the local cricket board, was resolved on Sunday by the intervention of President Pervez Musharraf.india Updated: Dec 01, 2003 20:47 IST
The row between the state-run Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) and the local cricket board, which resulted in Saturday's one-day match against New Zealand not being televised, was resolved on Sunday by the intervention of President Pervez Musharraf.
Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced in Islamabad that the remaining four matches of the series would be telecast live by both PTV and private channel GEO.
The announcement brought to an end a dispute that led to widespread protests from millions of cricket fans. It was the first time in Pakistan since 1967 that an international cricket match in the country was not shown on television.
Ahmed said Musharraf, who is also patron of the cricket board, ordered an inquiry into the circumstances which led to the first match not being broadcast.
The row erupted after GEO bought the rights for the series but PTV claimed there was no proper bidding process.
Pakistan won Saturday's match in Lahore by three wickets.