Not All Boards Have Signed MPA Yet: ICC Chairman On Media Rights Tender

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Not all boards have signed MPA yet: ICC chairman on media rights tender. In their discussions with the industry managers, the ICC officials seemed to express confidence that India will take part in 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan

Not All Boards Have Signed MPA Yet: ICC Chairman On Media Rights TenderIn their discussions with the industry managers, the ICC officials seemed to express confidence that India will take part in 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan

Even as the heads of the International Cricket Council (ICC) are looking to push the envelope over the media rights value of the global events, it has now emerged that all members of the ICC have not yet signed the Members Participation Agreement (MPA), a key element to bringing out the media rights tender.

“No not yet, they have not signed the MPA,” ICC chairman Greg Barclay told Cricbuzz in a one-on-one interaction on Friday (May 27). The ICC boss, however, expressed confidence that things will fall in place in due course. “It is part of a process,” the New Zealander, who is in Mumbai to have pre-tender discussion with the potential future broadcasters, said. Asked if there is still time to sign, he answered in affirmation. “There is still time to sign. Absolutely.”

The ICC is expected to come up with its tender within one week of the IPL rights sale, expected to be completed by mid-June.

Cricbuzz understands that among those who have not yet signed the MPA are the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The big point of contention for the 2024-31 cycle, in which there are eight global events — one in each year – is allocation of the 2025 Champions Trophy to Pakistan about which there is a lot of noise in India.

In their discussions with the industry managers, the ICC officials seemed to express confidence that India will take part in the competition. Asked about it, Barclay said he is hopeful. “Strategically we have allocated events around the world, including Pakistan. We are excited about all of them participating. We are expecting that all teams will participate. That is what I can do, I hope that they all will be there.”

The ICC will be giving the bidders the option to bid for four and eight years and there is an impression among the parties that there is still some confusion on that issue. Barclay said the aim is to provide the broadcasters some flexibility.

“The important thing is flexibility to all the parties. They can make decisions as they see fit. There is a dynamic market out there and it needs some flexibility. It is important for all bidding parties to put it together as it fits their idea,” he said and hoped that there will be parties to vie for the ICC rights after the IPL rights have been bagged, expected to be for a very high price.

“The IPL was always going to sell well commercially, and organisations allocate budgets accordingly. There is a lot of interest among a number of parties and only one can pick the IPL rights. One of the others will be keen to pick up the ICC rights,” Barclay said, clarifying that the number of events has been increased in the next cycle with a view of providing more opportunities and not necessarily to make more money. “We have not increased the number of tournaments to have more money but to engage with more teams and provide opportunities in the ICC events. It was not necessarily commercially driven.”

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