Ban Tech acquires BCB broadcasting rights at $19M
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has sold its broadcasting rights to Ban Tech at USD 19 million (BDT 161.5 crore).
The deal will stand for two and half years across 10 home series. The 19 million-dollar deal is just short of 20 million-dollar contract that BCB had with Gazi Television (GTV) in 2014-2020.
Ban Tech had previously claimed the broadcasting rights at USD 2.12 million during the home series against West Indies. Later on T Sports and Nagorik TV bought the rights from the agency.
BCB was looking for a long-term broadcast deal. Neither GTV nor T Sports bid this time. It is yet to be confirmed if the rights will be sold to television companies but the chances are apparently high.
“Ban Tech has not yet confirmed whom they will sell the rights. They have plans on selling to foreign broadcasters as well as the locals. An official press conference will be held soon,” BCB media manager Jalal Yunus said.
The home three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka will be the first series under the new contract. This will follow with limited-overs tours by Australia, New Zealand and England this year. After the T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will visit Bangladesh for Test series.
Bangladesh will host Afghanistan (ODIs and T20Is), Ireland (full series) and India (Tests and ODIs) in 2022.