Cornered BCCI indefinitely defers media rights tender process

News Agencies | First published: 25 October 2016, 14:41 IST
Anurag Thakur
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to indefinitely defer the awarding of its global media rights - broadcast and digital - which was scheduled for 25 October as the Justice RM Lodha Committee is yet to appoint an independent auditor to oversee the entire process.

In a detailed media release, the BCCI explained its side of the story about the repeated communications with the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Panel and how its commercial interests were being hurt due to the delay in the process of awarding tenders, while "apologising" to the potential bidders - 18 - from across the world.

The release stated about BCCI seeking a directive on the process, details sought by the committee and the response from the board on 24 October.

"Keeping in view the urgency in the matter, the BCCI has informed the Committee that the tender process being underway there were certain timelines that potential bidders were following. The BCCI also informed the Committee that a large number of potential bidders had travelled to the country from outside as bids had to be submitted in person," the release stated.

It further said: "The BCCI, apart from the above communication, has so far at the time of going to Press, not received any further directions from the Committee, which is now the custodian of the entire process and has been tasked with the duty to ensure that the tender process is undertaken in a professional and transparent manner with least inconvenience to all stakeholders.

"Once the BCCI receives a response from the Committee it shall bring the same to the notice of all stakeholders as the BCCI is currently not in a position to take any decision in the matter other than what the Committee recommends.

"In the absence of permission from the Committee to go ahead with the process scheduled for tomorrow, the BCCI is unable to do so." The Board requested the bidders, which include social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, to "appreciate" the current situation.