Bangladesh news August 2, 2013

No broadcasters yet for NZ tour of Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has not received any bids for the broadcasting rights of the home series against New Zealand in October. A tender was floated for the TV rights on July 15 and but the BCB did not receive a single bid until the deadline passed on Thursday afternoon.

"There were no bids within the given deadline," BCB's acting CEO, Nizamuddin Chowdhury said. "We have extended the deadline now, and are also in discussion with companies who have called us during the last two weeks in regards to the TV rights. We will stay in discussion with them and talk to those who apply for the tender too."

The last home series between Bangladesh and West Indies was telecast on Channel 9 after its parent organisation Virgo Media Ltd bought the worldwide broadcasting rights by paying $50,000 at the time. BCB has been without a permanent broadcaster since their botched-up six-year deal with Nimbus ended in March 2012.

In August last year, the BCB floated a tender for a TV deal that extended from November 2012 to April 2016. There were just a few interested parties and to find more potential buyers, BCB extended the tender deadline twice and even made changes to the initial tender. The deal But still it didn't attract many, and those who were interested, offered far less than what was BCB's expectations.

The BCB will continue to look for a broadcaster for just the New Zealand series, as it is currently in transition having been run by the ad-hoc committee and with the board election set to be scheduled over the next month. It is likely that elected directors and president will take a decision on the long-term broadcasting rights of the BCB.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • KH. RAFIQUE on August 3, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully on (August 2, 2013, 9:24 GMT) Its not Bangladesh.Its about NZ whom broadcasting corporation is not interested to go with.They rather prefer ZIm or WI to play against BAN to cover the live telecast.

  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    We are cricket freak nation, and will not stand back donating money to BCB. If BCB wants all bangladeshi earner will pay $10 from thair pocket for BCB to organise a permanent media for Bangladesh. Is that all about money??? I thought channel9 will be permanent. Media industries are so rich in BD, god knows who is pulling their legs...(assuming that is the impact of upcoming BD election)..

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    well said. thanks @the rising team

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    So if thats tells the story about cricket as a whole what future actually lying ahead for teams who want to get into the main stage of cricket .If whole cricket economy surrounded by 2 or 3 country & ICC schedule actually actually helping it alot then have to say those who want to spend millions to develop cricket later found out that monopoly scheduling of matches will left them rot in corner then they might think twice before spending that much money in this sport

  • Muhammad Rakibul on August 2, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I think the upcoming committee can sell long-term broadcasting rights more easily. Ad-hoc committee couldn't do so, as in 2012-2013 period BD have series with WI & NZ. All 3 teams r ranked in 7th-9th spot on ICC ranking. So broadcasters r not interested to buy rights of these tours. But BD will host full series against Ind, Aus, SA, SL, Pk & Eng in 2014-2016 time period. These series will attract reputed broadcasters, I hope.

  • sohel on August 2, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket should be free from political hands, No more politician in our Loving cricket team

  • Manesh on August 2, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    pathetic!. No one interested to watch a BD match. Fans must think where they stand before big claims.

  • Shipu on August 2, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    What I'm really concerned about is the lack of International matches Bangladesh have played not just last year 2012 but again this year 2013. Most of the other teams have on average played almost 16 ODIs this year whereas Bangladesh only 6 thus far which is simply ridiculous and players missing out recording stats in their years. Last year only a mere 9 ODIs were played by Bangladesh and funny thing is that Bangladesh have beaten in those small amount of ODI games India, Sri Lanka and West Indies 7 times and competitive in most of the others. I can understand Bangladesh not playing as much Test Cricket even though performances have been good in the last 6 test matches but Bangladesh should be playing lots of limited overs now since they can now compete at least.

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