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BCB AGM amends clauses to facilitate BCB TV

The BCB’s intention is not to challenge their broadcasting partners, rather increase the commercial value of domestic matches alongside solving some other issues as well

Update : 01 Apr 2024, 01:07 AM

The Bangladesh Cricket Board in Sunday’s Annual General Meeting in Dhaka amended two clauses in the constitution to facilitate the launch of BCB TV.

The BCB’s chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury however, cleared the board’s intention which is not to challenge their broadcasting partners, rather increase the commercial value of domestic matches alongside solving some other issues as well.

With the aim of facilitating risk-free and profitable investment arrangements to finance cricketing development, the BCB councilors passed the amendment.

“The concept of BCB TV is to promote our domestic cricket,” said Nizamuddin to the media following the AGM.

“If we can broadcast Dhaka Premier League, we can enhance its commercial value. There are certain series that we play abroad that do not attract broadcasters, like when play in New Zealand, there are few who show their willingness to broadcast the series.

“If those rights are not sold, we can communicate with the New Zealand board and try to telecast it [on BCB TV]. And, it will be the same case with others as well, if we see that our countrymen are having difficulty watching our boys playing cricket against other international teams,” the BCB high-up explained.

The BCB AGM also held discussion on regional cricket associations. 

“The RCAs will have to run a Twenty20 tournament which will be a test-case basis for the committees. They will be given Tk20 lakhs and evaluated on how they are performing,” BCB president Nazmul Hasan informed.

Nazmul added that the BCB will keep control of the associations and that finances will not be handed blindly to the regional associations.

“The RCAs will not be free of central interference. It will not happen until and unless we are satisfied that they will be able to run independently. Because we are giving the money on a test-case basis, we will have to see how it's spent,” said Nazmul.

“We will not give it blindly. As I said, not every district gets money. Our intent, obviously, in the future is for the regional associations to work independently. So, it's not decentralization, rather deconcentration.”

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