By July, the new media rights agreement for Indian cricket should be finalised. According to Jay Shah, a new 2023–27 cycle contract will be inked by July, and the three-match ODI series against Australia will begin play in September. A temporary arrangement is probably created for the brief series against Afghanistan in June.
“The Afghanistan tour will determine when the BCCI Media Rights tender takes place this year (June–July), although it’s more likely to begin with the Australia series. The Board will consult with all parties involved before making a temporary decision. IPL rights were previously sold under Shah’s supervision”, he said on Friday.
In the absence of an official media partner for domestic bilateral cricket since the BCCI’s contract with Disney Star expired in March, the Indian cricket governing body. The BCCI may need to enter into an interim agreement given that a three-match ODI series is scheduled for June, the potential of which was first reported by Live Cricket Score on March 25. The series, which will take place after the WTC final (June 7–12), is being planned to give the Indian team more ODIs to practise for the domestic World Cup in October–November.
Shah implied that the media rights tendering procedure should be completed by July and that an announcement would likely follow shortly after. Viacom, Sony-Zee, and Disney Star will be the three main competitors. FanCode might also enter the contest.