Cricket fans in Sri Lanka have complained that there was no television coverage of the test current series being played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in UAE. The right to telecast the series has been taken by Carlton Television Network (CSN) owned, according to media, by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second son, Yoshitha.
This is the first time the CSN was granted the television rights for an international cricket series. According to sources CSN does not have a proper coverage of the test series and it has to share the coverage with other TV channels though it has secured exclusive rights.
Many cricket fans have complained that they are unable to watch cricket stating they don’t get the new channel. Many fans want the channel changed so that they could watch their ‘luverly’ cricket
The CEO of CSN the CEO of CSN Nishantha Ranatunga however, says there was no truth in saying the channel cannot be viewed. “We have not received any complaints but we will help tuning the channel if we are informed,” he said.
Earlier exclusive rights to televise matches played by Sri Lanka cricket team had been with the state run Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. Now, SLRC has warned that it will be bankrupt if the national channel doesn’t get rights to cover Sri Lanka’s future cricket tours. It is said that cricket was the major income for SLRC which is now taken by Carlton Television Network (CSN).