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BCCI to bid for ICC global events rights

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:25 IST
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The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has decided to bid for the rights of all the events to be held by the ICC, including two editions of the game's quadrennial showpiece World Cup, for the next eight years till 2015.

"Yes we had decided at the recent AGM to bid for the rights of the ICC's global events from 2007 to 2015," said BCCI vice president Lalit Modi, the driving force behind the cricket board's aggressive marketing of the game post the Jagmohan Dalmiya era.

The BCCI has already been successful in marketing the rights for the game conducted by it for the next four years to a record 612 million US dollars.

The ICC's existing 550-million-dollar deal with Global Cricket Corporation ends at the conclusion of the forthcoming World Cup in the West Indies.

In New Delhi, ICC spokesperson Brian Murgatroyd told PTI, "as far as I know, there is nothing in the ICC that prevents a member board from biding for its rights.

"If there isn't anything in the article of the BCCI that prevents them from bidding, then it is fine.

"But the BCCI will be treated like any other bidder. The process will take its course."

Meanwhile, the BCCI's office bearers are meeting in Mumbai tomorrow to discuss the Members Participation Agreement of the ICC for the period from 2007-08 to 2015 which the AGM had already rejected unanimously in its current form.

The BCCI had reservations about quite a number of clauses in the MPA that has been sent to it for signing by the ICC and decided to constitute a committee to study it.