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ICC Media Rights Tender: As if there was not enough drama already, the ICC Media Rights tender has hit a new snag.…

ICC Media Rights Tender: As if there was not enough drama already, the ICC Media Rights tender has hit a new snag. As per latest reports, presence of Indra Nooyi on Amazon’s board raises a potential conflict of interest issue as she is an independent director at ICC. As Amazon is set to bid for the media rights, this has already miffed Indian broadcasters who are already at loggerheads with the ICC over bid documents and lack of transparency. Follow Sports Business News Updates and ICC Media Tender Updates with InsideSpot.IN.

The former Pepsico CEO became the first female to be appointed as an independent director at the ICC in 2018. In 2019, Amazon named her to its 11-member new board of directors. At the e-commerce giant, she is on the audit committee. She is also a member of ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs Committee.

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TOI reported that Indra Nooyi is in the knowhow of the ICC’s Future Tours Program (FTP) and upcoming events. With her position in Amazon, she is in a place of the conflict of interest. Interestingly, then President Shashank Manohar, appointed Nooyi to drive ICC’s transparency and governance.

ICC Media Rights Tender: Why Indra Nooyi is in the eye of the storm?

  • The former PepsiCo CEO is member of Amazon’s board.
  • Amazon is expected to bid for ICC Media Rights.
  • As Nooyi is also a member of ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs Committee, it creates an issue of conflict of interest.
  • As an ICC member, Nooyi already has information regarding the ICC Future Tour Program (FTP) and the upcoming events.
  • The ICC hasn’t been straightforward with Nooyi’s position in the board and is yet to respond to the allegations.

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ICC Media Rights Tender: Now conflict of interest charge on ICC, Indra Nooyi’s presence on Amazon & ICC board raises question, Follow LIVE Updates

“Imagine if this was the BCCI. Justice Lodha’s recommendations would’ve been trending on Twitter. For anything half this important, BCCI has been dragged to court,” those tracking developments told TOI.

As InsideSport already reported, the Indian broadcasters including Viacom18, Sony, Disney-Star and Zee are not happy with ICC’s media rights tender. They feel that the bid documents lack clarity and that the answers they got were ambiguous.

“ICC officials have made a mess of this. The answers to our queries have made it more confusing for us. All their answers are ambiguous. We asked them who qualifies for STAGE 2? What is the criteria? They don’t have clear-cut answers. Our board may decide to boycott the tender completely. We may, unfortunately, have to take that course,” confirmed a very agitated Senior official of one of the top broadcast houses from India to InsideSport.

ICC Media Rights Tender: Now conflict of interest charge on ICC, Indra Nooyi’s presence on Amazon & ICC board raises question, Follow LIVE Updates

ICC Media Rights Tender: Now conflict of interest charge on ICC, Indra Nooyi's presence on Amazon & ICC board raises question, ICC Media Rights Auction

“The ICC must clarify this. There are huge stakes involved and the ICC should take note of this and allow her to recuse herself. Manohar himself used to publicly announce how he kept “recusing” himself from important meetings in the BCCI to show that he was avoiding all conflict,” they add.

ICC Media Rights Tender – Who are in fray?

  • Disney Star
  • Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE)
  • Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN)
  • Viacom18
  • Amazon Inc

ICC Media Rights Tender Process

  • Bids Submission: The bids must be submitted on August 22 via sealed envelope.
  • Bids Opening: Bids will be opened on August 26 in Dubai (last time they were opened in London).
  • ICC will then individually negotiate with the bidders
  • According to the ICC, the successful bidders will be announced by early September.
  • Bidders have raised FLAG over closed bid process as they feel it lacks transparency.

ICC Media Rights Tender: Now conflict of interest charge on ICC, Indra Nooyi’s presence on Amazon & ICC board raises question, Follow LIVE Updates

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