BCCI lost of 81 crore in telecast deal: Dalmiya

Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya today fired a salvo at the current regime by claiming that the Indian cricket board has incurred a net loss of Rs 81.40 crore by awarding the television right to Nimbus Communication (India).

Mr Dalmiya alleged that the Board of Control for Cricket in India had granted global media rights to Nimbus Communication (India) for a total amount of 612.18 million dollar but if the highest bid was considered, the Board should have received 630.27 million dollar.

''I am not here to make allegations and cast aspersions without substantiation and justification. The Board did not receive 18.09 million dollar and this converted to Indian currency amounts to Rs 81.40 crores,'' he said at the Cricket Association of Bengal here today.

This is a serious matter because it means that the players are being deprived of some Rs 22 crores and the affiliated units some Rs 57 crores, he contended. He further said that CAB secretary Amitabh Banerjee had sent a letter to BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah on March one seeking the clarifications but the response had not yet come.

Asked what would be his course of action if the response was not satisfactory or did not come, Mr Dalmiya said, ''I hope it will not come to that. It's a parent body and we have utmost faith in it. We will also apply utmost restraint before taking further steps,'' he said.

Mr Dalmiya furnished a nine-page document to uphold his claim.

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