Not all the boards have signed the MPA yet – ICC chairman on media rights tender
The head of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is trying to push the envelope over the media rights value of the ICC global events.
The head of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is trying to push the envelope over the media rights value of the ICC global events, which has now emerged that all the members of the ICC have not yet signed the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) deal, a major element to bring 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 a 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 the tender within one week time period of the IPL rights sale, expected to be done by mid of June.
It is understood that the members who have not signed the MPA yet are the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The bone of contention is in the 2024-31 cycle in which there are eight global events (one each year) and the 2025 Champions Trophy is allocated to Pakistan for which there is a lot of noise in India.
In the discussions with the industry managers, ICC officials have expressed their confidence that India will take part in the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan. When asked about it, Barclay said:
“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 give an option to bid for either four or eight years and there is an impression among the parties that there is still some confusion on the matter. Barclay said that the aim is to provide flexibility to the broadcasters.
“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 organizations allocate budgets accordingly. There is a lot of interest among several 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.”