BCCI to invite fresh tenders for TV rights

Published: Friday, June 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Thiruvananthapuram :The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) today 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 Vommittee, which met here over the past two days, also decided to file a Rs. 10 crore defamation suit against Netaji Cricket Club of Chennai 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 USA 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.

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