The Star India Private Limited have also been succesful in bagging the rights for the audio-visual production services for IPL and BCCI Domestic Cricket for the 2018-19 season. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently gave the confirmation of the news on their official website. In the press release posted on the website BCCI.tv, the Acting Hon. Secretary of the BCCI Amitabh Choudhary, noted that the BCCI had invited the tenders for the same.
BCCI had invited the Request For Proposal (RFP) documents for the production services of all matches for IPL Season 2018 and Domestic Cricket Season 2018-19. Star India, who have also served as the official sponsors of the Indian cricket team earlier, managed to bag the exclusive rights. The Press Release further clarified that the contract term is only for one IPL season and only one domestic season.
However, the Indian cricket board does have the right to extend this contract for the 2019 edition of the IPL as well and also for the 2019-20 domestic season. This will depend on the decision which will be taken by the BCCI. If Star India get lucky enough, then the contract could also see them hold the rights for the 2020 edition of the IPL.
The press release said, “The service agreement and the contract term will cover one season of the IPL (2018) and one season of Domestic Cricket (2018-2019). The BCCI, however, reserves the right to extend the term for one more Season of IPL (2019) and one more Season of Domestic Cricket (2019-2020) and at its discretion, further extend the term to include IPL Season 2020, as provided for in the Services Agreement.”
The upcoming season of the IPL promises to be a bigger and a better edition than the previous versions. Furthermore, the upcoming domestic season also promises to be a grand affair for the BCCI. The Indian cricket board is planning several new inputs to extemporize the quality of domestic cricket. Hence, this deal serves well for Star India.