MUMBAI: The world's richest cricketing body by a long mile faced the ignonimity of seeing its official website — http://www.bcci.tv — suspended for well over 18 hours Sunday for failing to renew the domain name.
Adding to the board’s embarrassment, seven bids ranging from $69 to $260 had sprung up for the domain name after domain registrars Register.com and Namejet.com put the website up for public bidding.
From the start of Sunday, register.com - from whom former IPL chairman Lalit Modi had purchased the title ‘bcci.tv’ - suspended the BCCI website since the payment for renewal had not been processed.
According to PTI, though the domain was valid from 2-2-2006 to 2-2-2019, the updation date however happened to be February 3, 2018.
Incidentally, the official website for the IPL, iplt20.com, was also registered in the name of Lalit Modi before its ownership was transferred.
As per the website’s registration details, the registrant is Lalit Modi with the organisation being Modi Enterprises (owned by Modi himself). The administrative information also points to Modi Entertainment as the organisation associated with the domain, Indian Express reports.
Modi, who is banned for life by BCCI since 2010, had bought the domain name in 2008. Since the former administrator had not transferred the intellectual property to the BCCI, the Indian cricket board had filed a case against him in 2013. While the case is pending in the Bombay High Court, the Court had told Modi’s lawyers in 2014 to give an undertaking of co-operating on all operational fronts until a judgment was passed.