BCCI to evaluate TV rights' technical bids

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/b/bcci.jpg' class='caption'> Indian Cricket Board's marketing committee will meet in Mumbai tomorrow to evaluate the technical bids for the contentious telecast rights.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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Indian Cricket Board's marketing committee will meet in Mumbai tomorrow to evaluate the technical bids for the contentious telecast rights for the next four years. But the outcome of the meeting and its decision cannot be disclosed by the committee as per the direction of the Delhi High Court. The court is hearing a petition on the telecast rights issue filed by Zee, one of the four bidders. The High Court has directed the BCCI that the decision on the technical bids would have to be conveyed to it on October 19, the next date of the hearing. However, the committee at its meeting tomorrow cannot open the sealed bids dealing with the second part of the BCCI's Invitation To Tender relating to finance. Apart from Zee, ESPN-Star, Sony and Prasar Bharati have responded to the ITT and are in the race to secure the highly lucrative TV rights. The meeting is expected to be attended by the BCCI's office bearers, its former presidents Jagmohan Dalmiya and Inderjit Singh Bindra, and Arun Jaitley. Another member, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, resigned from the committee two days before the Mumbai sitting after being inducted into it at the last AGM of the Board which was adjourned at Kolkata. Uneasy truce Pawar's move to resign from the committee is viewed in some quarters as a move which could destabilise the recent uneasy truce worked out among rival factions over the membership of the high-powered committee that handles TV rights and other marketing matters. The resignation of Pawar, a candidate for BCCI presidentship and president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, came amidst unconfirmed reports that another member and Pawar supporter N Srinivasan of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association had also put in his papers. BCCI Secretary S K Nair did not confirm Srinivasan's resignation saying he was away from his home base of Thiruvananthapuram. He said he would be able to confirm it only after contacting his office in Kerala. TNCA President Srinivasan is in Geneva and is expected to return to India only on October 17. The Pawar faction in the Board now seems to be left with only the outspoken Bindra to put forth its views on the controversial issue at the meeting. (PTI)

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