BCCI invites fresh tenders for tri-series rights

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Marketing committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited a fresh tender for giving the ground rights for next month's tri-series in Singapore, committee chairman Lalit Modi announced yesterday.

Briefing reporters on the issues discussed at the marketing committee meeting last afternoon after the finance committee met earlier in the morning as part of the two day special general body meeting here, Mr Modi said the only tender received from a firm 'Percept D'mark was rejected as it was too low.

The new bid would open in New Delhi tomorrow and stay open till 1500 hrs, after which the company would be chosen, he said.

Mr Modi said the guideline value of the bidding company had been brought down to two million dollars from five million dollars.

He said the company selected for the Cup and ground rights had to be cleared at the working committee meeting tomorrow as also other decisions taken at the marketing committee meeting yesterday.

Asked about the BCCI's decision to start its own portal, Mr Modi said Accenture would assess the two bidders, who had offered to set up the portal and recommend one of them, as per ground rules. One bid was received for the Cup rights for the Singapore tri- series.

Mr Modi said another decision taken today was acceptance of Microsoft to provide the technology for enabling the umpires to monitor the matches. ''They can now do so like studying controversial decisions even without television cameras'', he added.

These were some important decisions among several issues discussed at the committee meeting. ''We will make a formal announcement only after the working committee approves them tomorrow'', he said.

Mr Modi said it was also decided that BCCI must do more on marketing. ''Lots of new ideas were discussed like new methods of selling tickets for international matches, like e-ticketing.'' Asked about the proposed Reality show, he said the bids offered by Star and Sahara had been rejected. New proposals would be called for.

Meanwhile, asked about the agenda for the concluding day of the meet tomorrow, BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said the question of recognition to Bihar-Jharkhand associations would take centre stage.

Mr Arun Jaitley of Delhi District Cricket Association, N Srinivasan of TNCA and Mr Shashank would submit their reports on the issue and the working committee would make an assessment based on it.

The agenda for next month's Annual General Body meeting would also be discussed and finalised, Mr Shah said.

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