New Delhi: BCCI, the richest cricket board in the world, has not been able to renew the domain of its official website www.bcci.tv in time. Website registrars register.com and namejet.com have put the domain name up for public bidding, receiving seven bids so far with the highest of USD 270.
The domain was valid from 2-2-2006 to 2-2-2019. The updation date however happened to be February 3, 2018. The board’s website was dysfunctional till Sunday evening and even more embarrassment as the senior national men’s team was playing the second ODI against South Africa at the Centurion. Interestingly, the domain name of the website is being owned by former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi, who was banned by the BCCI in 2010. Modi brought the domain of the website in 2006 and he continued to own the domain even after being banned by the board and when he fled the country
The BCCI website is an important source of live scores across age categories besides putting up key documents regarding the functioning of the board. In September, the powerful board bagged a USD 2.55 billion for granting the IPL media rights to Star Sports. The board also gets the maximum revenues from the ICC, USD 405 million.
Meanwhile, the BCCI had reportedly filed a plea in 2014 in the Bombay High Court seeking the transfer of ownership from Modi to the board itself. However, the case is still pending.
With PTI inputs.