The Indian board has announced that Australia will tour India every year from 2007 to 2009, and that after the 2006 Champions Trophy it will not participate in further editions of the trophy. Lalit Modi, vice-president of the Board of Control of Cricket in India, said that they were also in talks with the England board regarding touring schedules.
Making many announcements, Modi revealed that India and Pakistan would play two one-dayers at Abu Dhabi in April for earthquake relief. The calender will be announced shortly and is likely to be arranged in a manner quite different from the one the ICC envisaged.
Significantly, Modi also said that the BCCI would produce its own telecasts, which includes choosing commentators. Invites would be sent to major production houses shortly. Channels carrying the feed would merely be carriers, and would have to carry the BCCI logo.
The BCCI has decided to telecast in regional languages and will invite seperate bids for television, radio and other media according to region. The total value of the bids, Modi said, was expected to be at least $350 million. This is a conservative estimate, and if a single bidder pays more for all the tenders than do all the highest bidders for each seperate tender, it will take away the rights. Modi and IS Bindra, mostly silent beside him, said that it was about extracting the most value for the board.
Rebutting criticism that the BCCI had become a money-making machine, Bindra said that it was part of the professionalism of the new regime, and he spoke of building the BCCI's brand.
"We are going to try and restrict the India playing schedule to 12 tests and 30 odis every year going forward, whether they are played in India or overseas," said Modi. "As a ballbark [figure] we're looking at 48-50 Tests and 125 ODIs over the next four years."
He added that India would play a one-day series at home before the Champions Trophy in October, which would help them with their one-day form. Also, before the World Cup, two teams (yet to be decided) would be invited to play in India for warm-up games as preparation.
The BCCI has already said to Ten Sports not to broadcast repeatedly the arguement between Dravid and Ganguly with Chappell as a mere spectator a few days ago.