BCCI drafts tender invitation for telecast rights

Published: Thursday, August 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) today said it had taken into account all "observations" made by Supreme Court while drafting the invitation to tender forthe telecast right of matches in India from 2005 to 2009.

"We will abide by the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court. Actually there are no guidelines, but only observations, and we have taken into account all that," BCCI president, Ranbir Singh Mahendra said.

The BCCI marketing committee met here today for about two and half hours to draft the invitation that would be published in major national dailies and some internationaldailies next week.

The Supreme Court's observations came while dismissing an appeal by Zee Television against BCCI's decision to cancel its contract last year.

Mahendra did not react to media reports that the BCCI had framed the tender's terms in such a way as to make Zee TV ineligible to bid for the rights this time around.

Pressed further if the events of last year had in any way influenced the thinking of the Board, Mahendra said, "we have no intention to keep anyone out of the purview."

Meanwhile, Mahendra said a representative of the ICC Cricket operations would come down to India at the end of this month to discuss the latest developments on the ICC Champions Trophy to be held next year.

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