IPL Trophy © BCCI
IPL Trophy © BCCI

In a shocking move, the Indian Broadcast and Sports Ministry are likely to send out a dikat asking BCCI to telecast Indian Premier League (IPL) matches on Doordarshan. Doordarshan is free-to-air channel run by Government of India. Ever since its inception the IPL has been broadcasted on private channels (SET MAX and soon Star Sports) but this move will help cricket reach a wider audience.

The I&B ministry has been doing its paper work to make this proposal a viable one for weeks says a report published in republicworld.com. All this comes after earlier in the year Star India inked a breathing take deal of INR 16,435 crores for IPL media rights for the next five seasons.  The eight-week IPL’s 60 games are now valued at INR 544,916,667 per match, which is well over India’s international matches.

Earlier, Sony had bought the IPL media rights from 2009 to the last season for INR 10,436 crores. This comes down to approximately 1,160 crores per year. Nonetheless with Star’s deal, the amount will square upto around 182 per cent hike for BCCI; or nearly thrice the amount from their previous earnings.