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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Nothing official about it

Lots of queries, below various posts, about an official BCCI site. Curious, that -- earlier, Cricinfo I remember had tied up with BCCI, and the deal was CI would run the board's official website for them, host it too, all I think for free. In return, the board gave Cricinfo access to stadia, dedicated lines to do commentary from, and such.
I don't know when the arrangement ended -- but end it has, seemingly, because now the country site linked to Cricinfo is its own work, nothing official about it.
The BCCI apparently does not have an official website -- even the ICC merely links to a page that gives the residence address of Board Secretary S K Nair.
But then, why would the BCCI have a website anyways? In its earlier avtaar, it would at the very least put the names of its various committees, and their members. Some media outlets, Rediff included, seized on that and started asking awkward questions -- like, I remember when there were snafus relating to scheduling, we would throw up the names of the scheduling committee and ask what they were up to.
So -- the BCCI, like the snail that I believe should be its emblem, appears to have withdrawn into its shell; all that is left of its existence is this mail address, and an email link that purports to belong to the secretary.
Here is the most interesting aspect -- the BCCI does not apparently have even a dot com or dot org website of its own; the email ID in question is a Sify one. Put differently, you could get yourself a bccisecy@gmail.com email id tomorrow, and be as 'official' as this bloke.
This, from a body that says it is trying to get professional?


  • When did they say they are trying to be professional ;-)..LOL...esp about the snail emblem :-)..I think a rhino or an ostrich would also suit them fine. I'm not sure if that address of Mr Nair is also a 'working' one or just copied from his ration card ;-)

    By Blogger worma, at 16:54  

  • Worma,
    I think a Snake would be a better emblem, because

    1. It is venomous
    2. Mythology has snakes gaurding valuable treasures and here we have BCCI, the richest board in the world
    3. BCCI's vengeance is something. Ban sports journalists, publications etc..

    By Blogger Dementor, at 17:04  

  • You know what, worma. When someone found that address today morning, I had half a mind to write some choice stuff there:) As I said earlier, all this from the richest cricket body...
    But one thing surprises me. The cheapos there usually dont refuse something free, so cant understand the reaction to the cricinfo offer

    By Blogger Toney, at 17:05  

  • BCCI can conveniently say that rather than spend money on useless things like websites, they prefer to spend it on constructive activities like organising committees and meetings in 5 star hotels. Besides majority of the Indian public dont surf the internet, so what good would it serve.

    By Blogger Tiger, at 17:05  

  • Prem, symptomatic of the lack of transparency in the BCCI. Wish Rahul Mehra a lot of luck and keep your fingers crossed.

    Here in New Jersey a radio station is advocating the policy of GRIP for all state and local elections. GRIP stands for Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians. Maybe that's what's needed.

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 17:05  

  • dementor, they also ban clubs and stop funding state boards who so much as raise their voice against them-TNCA

    By Blogger Toney, at 17:05  

  • I remember an interview done by cricinfo with some one from the indian board(may be mr.nair). I am still searching the cricinfo site to find the text.

    Anyways, in that interview this board official proudly claimed that BCCI will soon run its own web site and that the goal was to make it better than cricinfo.(Apparently he did not know that the interviewer worked for cricinfo). Its more than a year after the interview, but...

    By Blogger blueboy, at 17:06  

  • toney: Actually, the thing is if the bcci had accepted the offer, it would then have to put something on the website, no? names and addresses of office bearers, press releases, notes on what it is doing and why it is doing it? I mean, you can't have a blank website, right?
    So what was the BCCI going to put in there, the lunch menu of the latest AGM? Because sure as shooting, they can't put anything official there -- the BCCI has in the past discovered, to its cost, that the media is capable of taking the most innocuous seeming press release, finding in there some little clue, following it up, and digging up more dirt.
    This is in keeping with the BCCI's modus operandi? You criticize us? Fine, we'll hide, find us first. You question the selection committee's choices? No problem -- here on in, no more questions. You dare question the patron-in-chief? No can do -- you are sacked, your local body is starved of funds, no matches for you for the next millenium...
    Nations have erupted in revolt for less. :-)

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 17:12  

  • wow...I think BCCI stories bring out more 'fun' to this forum than SG, AA kind of stuff :-)..dementor yeah snake too, even a chameleon...wow we can bit the animal kingdom to them :-))...and toney don't bother...as I said, I don't think that would be a working address

    By Blogger worma, at 17:12  

  • yeah a board which has biggest fan following its cricket on Net doesnt have a website. Jaggu is a bad Marwadi, BCCI is losing a lot of business here.

    By Blogger Vick, at 17:12  

  • vick, you are right. They have lost a lot of business. Why, the money they can make by selling team merchandise should be incentive enough to have a dedicated web site? Look at other sports bodies around the world. NFL, NBA etc..they make a lot of money just through merchandising.

    By Blogger blueboy, at 17:15  

  • Hi Prem,

    Out of all the countries who are full members of the ICC, India is one amongst the two nations that do not have a website of its own. No prizes if you guessed Zimbabwe as the other. Some company this.... :-)

    Rajesh M

    By Blogger Rajesh M, at 17:17  

  • OK, Here is the interview that I was referring to. Actually, this was an interview given by former board president mr.bindra and his wish list for the indian cricket board.


    By Blogger blueboy, at 17:21  

  • ..and why not sell the webcast of its match through its own internet portal? I think there's biggg bucks to be made there as well.

    By Blogger worma, at 17:22  

  • Yeah BlueBoy,
    I am still trying to find the reason why jaggu didnt go for it. I guess the reason could be what PP has mentioned. BCCI/He doesnt wanna reveal stuff about themselevs. Though its inevitible. Sooner or later they will have to start a site. And i dont think they need to post their office address or anything. just one Contact Us form would be enough. So my guess is BCCI is just wary of new ideas. Takes its own sweet time. Looks around and if sees that everyone else is doing it, they follow the suit. I havent seena website from any nation from sub continent. Have you?

    By Blogger Vick, at 17:22  

  • No Worma i dont think thats a good idea. That again mean BCCI is moving away from its core job. Its job is to sell the telecast to the biggest bidder. It shouldnt be envolved in dealing directly in broadcasting.
    They can sell other stuff.They can make money the Chappel does on Chappelway.com. They can have sell subscription to good content cheaply and can make decent money.
    I mean i can run such site no more than a million bucks and i am sure that within a yr or two i will be making bunch of money.

    By Blogger Vick, at 17:25  

  • NJ is trying GRIP.

    In India, politicos GRIP the public.

    I'm talking about general elections etc., Indian masses and politicos don;t care a hoot about national interest. As long as they have power and their kin are fine, well and good.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 17:25  

  • vick, out of curiosity I searched if any sports body in india has a web site.

    surprise, surprise... the Indian Olympic Association has its own web site and apparently its kept updated regularly.


    By Blogger blueboy, at 17:28  

  • vick...not 'producing' the telecast...selling it on their portal....why not? it involves only as much pains as selling other stuff which you are mentioning? And we all know, thats going to be the biggest seller in our cricketing e-commerce.

    And anyways...when we say BCCI should have its website...it doesnt mean they should hire a bunch of web designers....because its not their core business, as you said. They have to outsource the development and management...so include the webcast also...

    By Blogger worma, at 17:31  

  • talking of the BCCI


    By Blogger SHRI, at 17:34  

  • Well its because i am pretty sure it will be in confilict with the broadcasters in most countries. BCCI will have to spend lot more time fighting the court cases over this. All they can do is provide some clipings after the game. Remember the web casting is sold mostly together with broadcast. You dont really wanna give it to different companies because in this case that will bring the revenue of these companies down because of the competition.

    By Blogger Vick, at 17:41  

  • Fact is Vick.. if the BCCI really wants to tap ino this.. there is a lot of money to be made.. The last time the BCCI really did venture into something with a lot of thought... Cricket became the biggest sport in India..Its not like its beyond them.. Thing is..are they ready to put in the effort?

    By Blogger SHRI, at 17:44  

  • Toney/Worma: Like Prem said, they dont want a website cos they wouldn't get enough material to fill it. I mean, the material is right there, but for one reason or the other, they wouldn't want it on there. And finally what will remain is sundry details that we dont want either :)

    For some reason, I was on the ICC's page and found about the address thing. It did piss me off and made me rant on these very issues on my blog a couple of months ago (here and here). I did get some hints about insights from someone who's played cricket in higher levels, but nothing more than that.

    By Blogger anantha, at 17:45  

  • I thought willow bought the webcast rights separately? Or do they buy it from the tv rights owner company? Well atleast BCCI can control the rights for the games in India

    By Blogger worma, at 17:46  

  • yes minster: "If nobody knows what you're doing, nobody knows what you're doing wrong."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17:50  

  • lol roublen

    By Blogger SHRI, at 17:53  

  • Worma they buy it from the broadcaster. Otherwise they will be eating in the broad casters revenue.
    And Shri BCCI will do it. They are just lazy or nervous about getting into something new.

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:13  

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