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ICC allows news channels access to Ind-Pak match

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First published: March 29, 2011, 10:51 PM IST | Updated: March 29, 2011
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ICC allows news channels access to Ind-Pak match
Ambika Soni had proposed a 24-hr truce in a dispute by Indian channels breaching the terms.

New Delhi: The deadlock between electronic media and ICC over coverage of Wednesday's Indo-Pak World Cup cricket semifinal got resolved on Tuesday, following a request from the Indian Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni.

Ambika Soni proposed a 24-hour 'truce' in a dispute created by Indian non-rights holders (NRH) breaching the terms and conditions they had agreed to follow when they were awarded accreditation for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said, "Ms Soni had written to ICC President Sharad Pawar and asked for the television channels be allowed access into the ground at Mohali for this important game. At the same time she agreed to convene a meeting at the Ministry on 31 March 2011 to address the dispute which has been caused by repeated and serious breaches of the terms and conditions which these organisations had signed up to."

"I am grateful for the minister's intervention in calling a meeting but I must repeat that we are committed to protecting the rights and investments of our broadcast partners as well as the exclusivity of our commercial partners. We will not allow that to be compromised and if the relevant members of the News Broadcasters' Association are not willing to give the necessary undertakings we require, we will have no other option but to withdraw accreditation for the final in Mumbai," Lorgat said.

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