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Rupavahini scoops up Sri Lanka Cricket rights

The Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee has awarded domestic rights to state-owned broadcaster Rupavahini.

The three-year deal will run from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

The rights will be exploited on the state-run Channel Eye and will include Sri Lanka’s upcoming home series versus Pakistan, which begins on June 17.

The national governing body had delayed a decision on awarding the rights from the middle of May in order to consider three offers from Rupavahini, terrestrial sports broadcaster the Carlton Sports Network and specialist sports channel MTV. The reports added that Carlton had tabled the highest bid of Rs175.5m (€2.5m/$2.76m) – Rs65.5m more than the Rs100m offered by Rupavahini.  MTV had submitted a bid of Rs51.5m for the rights.