ICC Head Quarters
ICC Head Quarters. (Photograph Supply: ICC)

The ICC has put out a media rights tender for the 2024-31 cycle particular to India, and the bids will probably be determined within the second week of September. However in keeping with the most recent stories, the Indian broadcaster are miffed with a few contingency clauses within the tender. Though the ICC have clarified the rationale behind it, the media executives expect an modification to the clauses.

There was heavy rescheduling within the ICC cricketing calendar prior to now couple of years, the pandemic being the foremost disruptor, and the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup was the prime instance of it, because the match was initially scheduled to be hosted by Australia in 2020 however was later moved to India and was ultimately moved to the UAE and Oman because of the pandemic.

Shifting the main target to the clauses, the ICC’s Invitation To Tender (ITT) states that if the scheduled match was to maneuver to an Indian time zone, the broadcasters are going to be charged an additional payment, to the annoyance of the media executives. The broadcasters must shell out an additional 20 p.c payment and no reductions within the inverse state of affairs, a double whammy for the media homes.

The second clause offers with the time zones of the match and states that the time zone will probably be inside 4 hours of the IST, in case of relocation of venues is inevitable. The broadcasters are clearly baffled by these phrases included by the ICC and one senior business officer lambasted these legalities stating that the broadcasters will probably be on the receiving finish if something goes awry, and never the Worldwide Cricket Council.

“Mainly, they are going to attempt to preserve it inside a four-hour time zone of India. No different adjustment, insurance coverage or something. Licensee is on the hook, they (the ICC) just isn’t,” says an Indian broadcast official.

The disputed clauses in full :

“If, at any time through the Rights Interval, IBC relocates an ICC Occasion that’s scheduled to happen outdoors the Indian subcontinent (as set out in Schedule 1) to any nation throughout the Indian subcontinent, upon discover being given by IBC to the Licensee (a “Rights Price Enhance Discover”), the quantity of the Rights Price apportioned to such ICC Occasion (as set out in paragraph 1.2 above) shall be elevated by 20% (twenty p.c) (a “Rights Price Enhance”).”

“If it turns into essential to relocate any Senior Males’s Occasion scheduled to be staged in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or Bangladesh (as set out in Schedule 1) to a different nation (the “Substitute Nation”) for any purpose, together with Pressure Majeure, IBC shall use affordable endeavors to pick out a Substitute Nation in a time zone that, on the time of the related ICC Occasion, is not more than 4 (4) hours behind or forward of Indian Customary Time or is the UK.”