BCCI revenue skyrockets in Star deal

The days of the BCCI receiving Rs. 43 crore from its television rights holder for each home international (Test, ODI and Twenty20) may soon become a thing of the past. Two heavy home international seasons (2016-17 and 2017-18) have ensured that the BCCI's revenue from its broadcaster, Star India, exceeds a whopping Rs 2,000 crore.

The BCCI-Star India agreement for home international cricket would virtually come to an end after the third Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium on December 24.   -  AFP

The days of the BCCI receiving Rs. 43 crore from its television rights holder for each home international (Test, ODI and Twenty20) may soon become a thing of the past. Two heavy home international seasons (2016-17 and 2017-18) have ensured that the BCCI's revenue from its broadcaster, Star India, exceeds a whopping Rs 2,000 crore.

Six years ago, the BCCI scrapped its contract with Nimbus Communications, and Star India came into the picture winning a six year contract for Rs. 3,851 crore, committing itself to Rs. 43 crore for each of the internationals played from 2014 to March 2018.

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The BCCI-Star India agreement for home international cricket would virtually come to an end after the third Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium on December 24. The broadcaster though may telecast some domestic matches.

Last year (April 2016 to March 2017), India played 13 Test matches at home (three against New Zealand, five against England, one against Bangladesh and four against Australia), eight ODIs (five against New Zealand and three against England) and three Twenty20s against England.

And in the ongoing fiscal (April 2017 onwards), India has played eight ODIs (five ODIs against Australia and three against New Zealand) and four T20s (two against Australia and two against New Zealand). The third Twetny20 against Australia was washed out and rain has interfered with the third Twenty20 against New Zealand in Thiruvananthapuram.

India will now play three Tests, as many ODIs and Twenty20s against Sri Lanka.

So, 44 internationals in the last two home seasons has enabled the BCCI to fulfil its obligations in order to receive Rs. 2021 crore from the broadcaster. The BCCI’s revenue would have gone up approximately by another Rs. 200 crore from series, team and apparel sponsorship.

The BCCI global media rights for all streams will be up for grabs from April 2018, but with Star India having won the five-year (2018-22) IPL rights for 16347.5 crore, there is so much uncertainty about the same broadcaster bidding for the BCCI rights. On Tuesday, the broadcaster announced that it has bought the television and digital rights of New Zeraland Cricket for three years.

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