The richest cricket board in the world, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was left red-faced as their domain bcci.tv became dysfunctional on Saturday, February 3 as the BCCI did not renew its domain. The domain, which was valid from 2-2-2006 to 2-2-2019, is owned by former Vice President of the BCCI and IPL Chairman, Lalit Modi who did not renew the domain.
Website registrars-register.com and namejet.com had put up the domain for bidding and even received seven bids, with the highest being for $270. The domain, however, is reportedly renewed and also said to be up and running. However, the domain still seems to be down.
Apparently, the fee to renew the domain is only Rs 17,000. However, the BCCI was not aware that the domain was owned by Modi and therefore, didn’t realise went it expired. After the U-19 Indian Cricket Team won the World Cup in New Zealand, the BCCI wanted to update the news on their website. However, they were left embarrassed after it found a glitch in the website.
Reportedly, following a court order, Modi has renewed the domain after the BCCI approached Modi’s staff here in India. Modi is presently exiled in London after he was charged with 22 accusations of money laundering, bid rigging, accepting kickbacks on a broadcast deal, betting and a host of other charges post the IPL 2010 finals.“Modi had bought the domain of the website (from website registrars register-.com and namejet.com) in 2006, ownership is still in his name. He continued to own the domain even after being banned by the board and when he fled the country,” a BCCI official told The Times of India.