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BCCI to invite fresh tenders for TV rights

The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) on Friday decided to invite fresh tenders for television rights for matches in India, the norms and guidelines for which were to be framed by a Marketing Committee to be set up soon. The BCCI's Working Committee, which met here over the past two days, also decided to file a Rs. 10 crore defamation suit against Netaji Cricket Club of Chennai (NCC) for dragging it to court over the legality of last year's elections.

The Committee authorised Board President Ranbir Singh Mahendra to take a decision on Vice President Kamal Morarka's complaint against Rajasthan Cricket Association chief Lalit Modi.

Morarka had alleged that Modi was convicted on charges of kidnapping and smuggling in the US 20 years ago and demanded the latter's removal from all posts in the Board.

Besides ratifying the appointment of Greg Chappell as the national coach, the Committee also approved in principle the tours of Sri Lanka in July-August, Zimbabwe in September and Pakistan in January next year, and also the visits of Sri Lanka and South Africa later this year.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Mahendra said the Board decided to spare Tamil Nadu Cricket Association of any stringent action including suspension of grants and financial assistance provided the latter assured it would not co-operate with the two of its affiliates, the Bharti Club and the Theyagaraya Cricket Club, who have filed a series of petitions against the BCCI.

"TNCA President N Srinivasan has agreed to file affidavits in favour of the BCCI in the cases lodged by its affiliated units," Mahendra said.

On the allegations on Modi, Mahendra said "a decision will be taken as per the rules of the BCCI."

On the merger of men's and women's associations, Mahendra said Secretary S K Nair had been asked to study the merger of such association in New Zealand and Australia and the matter would be taken up in Board's next meeting in August.

It was also decided to apppoint a Media Manager for the Board by September this year.

BCCI Vice-President Kamal Morarka, who had flown back to Mumbai after the first day, said with the Supreme Court upholding the Board's decision to cancel the contract provisionally awarded to Zee Network, the decks were cleared for a fresh tender process.

"The Marketing Committee comprises the President, the Secretary and the Vice Presidents of the Board. The President will decide if anyone should be included as well," Morarka said.

"The dates of inviting the tenders, as well as the norms like the period of rights, will be decided by the marketing Committee," he added.

With regard to India playing a Test in Karachi, Morarka said the Committee had only cleared the tour in principle while the dates and venues were yet to be finalised.

It was also decided that the suspension of Sourav Ganguly would be taken up by the Board at the appropriate forum of the ICC.

Indian Olympic Assocaition President Suresh Kalmadi's letter to BCCI to include cricket in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi could not be taken up due to lack of time. It would be discussed in the next meeting.

The BCCI welcomed the Centre's decision to give tax exemption to the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled to be held in the country in October-November 2006.

The Committee declared that the Board would oppose the "undue interference" of state governments of Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in the administration of its affiliated units.

Bangladesh's request for an Indian tour was also being considered.


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