Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the Local TV Broadcasting rights for the Australian Tour of Sri Lanka has been awarded to Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation for a record figure of Rs. 22 Million.(Rupees Twenty two Million). This is the highest bid ever for Local TV broadcasting rights received by Sri Lanka Cricket.
Originally, the offer made by Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation was for Rs. 17 Million (Rupees Seventeen Million) and the offer received from Carlton Sports Network Rs. 20.1 Million. (Rupees Twenty Million one hundred thousand)
At this stage, His Excellency the President and the Hon. Minister of Sports intervened and wanted Sri Lanka Cricket to award this to Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation.
Sri Lanka Cricket also wishes to state that the local Radio Broadcasting rights have been offered to Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation for a sum of Rs. 750,000/- (Seven hundred and fifty thousand) for the tour, Which too is the highest ever amount received for broadcasting rights from Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Previously it was Rs. 150,000/- (Rupees One hundred and fifty thousand)
Whilst the T/20 and ODI matches will be called the LG Abans Sri Lanka Vs Australia Series, the Test Series will be called the ‘LG Abans Test Series for Warne-Muralidaran Trophy’
Previously amounts offered by Rupavahini have been:
1 India tour of Sri Lanka – Jan/Feb 2009: 5 ODIs and 1 T/20 – Rs. 9.0 Million (SLC lost USD 1.1 Million on account of the Rupavahini signal spilling over to India.)
2 Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka – July/August 2009: 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 1 T/20– Rs. 13.0 Million.
3 New Zealand Tour of Sri Lanka & Triangular Series (SL/NZ/India) -August/September 2009: 2 Tests vs. New Zealand, 4 ODIs and 2 T/20s – Rs. 12.0 Million.
4 India Tests & Triangular Series (India/NZ/SL) July/Aug 2010: 3 Tests, 7 ODIs – Rs. 17.0 Million.
5 West Indies tour of Sri Lanka – Nov/Dec 2010: 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 1 T/20 – Rs. 17.0 Mil (not paid due to series being interrupted by rain).