West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13 October 17, 2012

BCB sells broadcast rights for West Indies series

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has sold the worldwide broadcasting rights for the home series against West Indies to Virgo Media Ltd.

The outgoing BCB president Mustafa Kamal said Virgo, the owners of Channel 9 in Bangladesh, will produce the matches. "Channel 9 will handle the production and the board will be paid $50,000 dollars for the sale of the rights," Kamal said. "We received a few other offers but this seemed like the most profitable deal."

Channel 9 is the official broadcaster of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). A source at the TV station said they would have to sell it to a foreign-based sports channel to make the deal profitable, as they had done for the first edition of the BPL earlier this year.

Kamal also said the BCB would launch another tender following the West Indies series in order to sell its worldwide media rights for the long term. The board has been without an official broadcaster after its deal with Nimbus concluded in March this year.

BCB had, in August, floated the tender for a TV deal from November 1, 2012, to April 30, 2016, after a committee headed by vice-president Ahmed Sajjadul Alam prepared a guideline for the new deal. A last date for buying the tender was set for August 31, but since only two companies showed interest, the deadline was first extended to September 12, and then to September 14, and amendments were made to the initial clauses in the tender. It still drew a lukewarm response. Last month, the BCB had to turn the long-term offer into a short-term one just for the West Indies series after Virgo Media did not raise their offering of $6 million, though the board had asked for at least $15 million.

The prerequisites for prospective bidders were modified for the broadcasting and media rights. After it was understood by the BCB that companies with less experience wanted to apply, the new requirement stipulated a tender would be acceptable only if either the marketing agent or the broadcaster had five years' experience in the related field. Earlier all three components of the media rights - production, broadcasting and marketing - were required to have five years of experience in cricket coverage. A $2.5 million bank guarantee was also made a key part of the deal, but the board is likely to revise the stipulations.

West Indies are scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on November 5 to play two Tests, five ODIs and one Twenty. The second Test and the first two ODIs are expected to take place in Khulna, while the rest of the games will take place in Dhaka.

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  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @Legaleagle If you read the article carefully, its only for that one-off series because a deal has not yet been reached with these other companies because their previous contract with Nimbus had loopholes meaning they couldn't receive some $5,000,000 or something a few months back. Had they not made that short term deal now than that series with the windies wouldn't have been broadcast.

  • Babaji on October 19, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    WOW- $50,000!! That truly shows the level of Bangladesh cricket. I really hope they start winning consistently (except against Pakistan cause they cannot) and make a mark in world cricket.

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    espn should buy the tv rights for a long time

  • Darren on October 17, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    So does this mean that we will get to see the games in the Caribbean ?

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @ Bernard Liburd...The schedule wasn't posted because one of the test matches will be held in Khulna but it yet not get the right to organize this ! This will be the 1st Test match in Khulna.Thats why.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    very funny that team arrive november 5th and no schedule posted as of october 17th

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    this is tacky organizing.....games schedule for next month and middle of this month and no fixture set??? what world are we living in? madness

  • sohel on October 17, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    West Indies tour of Bangladesh 2012 Fixtures (Probable):

    Test Matches: 1st Test: 13-17th November at Mirpur 2nd Test: 21-25th November at Khulna.

    ODIs: 1st ODI: 30th November at Khulna 2nd ODI: 2nd December at Khulna 3rd ODI: 5th December at Mirpur 4th ODI: 7th December at Mirpur 5th ODI: 8th December at Mirpur

    Only T20I: 10th December at Mirpur

    Best Of Luck Tigers!!

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    The best way for Bangladesh to get quick and sufficient broadcasting rights if they win some series for once otherwise who would want to buy broadcasting rights if Bangladesh keep losing? Bangladesh can use this series coming up to ease things a bit.

  • Prasanta on October 17, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    That's good news! But which channel will telecast these matches in india???please inform....

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