We are pleased to inform that Argus Partners has advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (“BCCI”) on the successful auction of TV and Digital Media rights for international and domestic matches of the Indian Cricket Team for September 2023 to March 2028 cycle. The media rights have been acquired by Viacom18 Media Private Limited for a cumulative figure of Rs. 5,963 crores.

Commenting on the auction, BCCI President, Mr. Roger Binny said: “The recent BCCI e-auction has unequivocally demonstrated the vigour of cricket in India. The remarkable journey of Indian cricket, its meteoric rise on the global sporting arena, owes its success to the unwavering trust that people have vested in the BCCI leadership and its dedicated workforce. With the staunch support and collaboration of every stakeholder within our cricketing ecosystem, I am confident that we will continue to propel the brand BCCI to uncharted territories on the global sports stage.

Further, BCCI Honorary Secretary, Mr. Jay Shah said: “It fills me with immense joy and a profound sense of pride to witness the remarkable growth of brand BCCI. Today’s e-auction has propelled BCCI into the upper echelons of per-match media rights valuation, marking a monumental stride in our journey. Throughout this process, we have steadfastly upheld the principles of transparency and fairness, ensuring that all stakeholders are treated equitably. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Viacom18 for emerging successful in the e-auction, and I express my sincere gratitude to all the bidders who participated in this process. Their involvement underscores the industry’s confidence in India Cricket. I also want to acknowledge the role of market forces in reinforcing their belief and trust in us. Our underlying goal remains to strike a harmonious equilibrium between cricket and commercial interests. BCCI remains deeply committed to nurturing sports development in India through the medium of cricket. The revenue generated from media rights is an essential catalyst for nurturing grassroots cricket across the nation—a cause that resonates deeply with us. It’s the legacy we leave behind and the positive impact we create in our country’s cricketing ecosystem that truly matters.”

The transaction team was led by Adity Chaudhury (Partner) and also consisted of Tushar Oberoy, Mahima Zamindar, Navya Pathak, Maladi Pranay and Tanu Kankariya (Associates).

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