The International Cricket Council (ICC) will shortly declare the television deal for its global events for the next eight years. The deal is done for the period after the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand 2015-2023. A meeting will be organized in London on Friday for reviewing the final round of the bids and the proclamation is expected to be made on Monday. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), 17 bids were confirmed of which 11 final bids were received. Two of the bids from Sky Sports New Zealand and ESPN America were rejected, leaving just nine bidders in the focus. There will be tough fight between three of India‘s most top sporting networks, Sony, Neo, and Star among those 9 bidders. Middle-East network Be-In is also one of the bidders in the focus, but it is not confirmed yet. The ICC executives met on Thursday for the first round of the bid review and deliberation with a second round which will be held on Friday. It is still uncertain after the meetings when the announcement would be made, but it is presumed to be declared on Monday. Narayanaswami Srinivasan led the bid review process. The International Cricket Council (ICC) declined to comment anything on the issue at this moment. ICC has received 17 bids from various broadcasters across different countries. All bids are now in the process of being reviewed for compliance with the terms and conditions of the tender arrangements.
The six big events that are listed within the period of the new television deal are:
- 2016: World Twenty20 – India
- 2017: Champions Trophy – England & Wales
- 2019: World Cup – England and Wales
- 2020: World Twenty20 – Australia
- 2021: Champions Trophy – India
- 2023: World Cup – India