1. Cricket world shocked, BCCI website goes offline; reason will floor you

Cricket world shocked, BCCI website goes offline; reason will floor you

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the richest in the world but it is rather frugal when it comes to spending money on their website.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 4, 2018 6:37 PM
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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the richest in the world but it is rather frugal when it comes to spending money on their website. Or so it has emerged. Notably, the board failed to renew the domain of its official website www.bcci.tv on time! What is worse, is that it has now suffered the ignominy of website registrars register.com and namejet.com putting the domain name up for public bidding, receiving seven bids so far with the highest of $270.

The domain was valid from February 2, 2006, to February 2, 2019. However, the updation date happened to be February 3, 2018. The board’s website was dysfunctional until Sunday evening and teh BCCI bigwigs suffered even more embarrassment as the senior national men’s team was playing the second ODI against South Africa at Centurion then.

The BCCI website is an important source for any live updates across age categories besides putting up key documents regarding the functioning of the board. In September, the powerful board bagged a USD 2.55 billion for granting the IPL media rights to Star Sports. The board also gets the maximum revenues from the ICC, USD 405 million.

Meanwhile, India beat South Africa by 9 wickets in Centurion ODI today to make it 2-0 in the series. Wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav returned career-best figures as India had bundled out South Africa for a mere 118 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI). Chahal returned figures of 5/22 while Yadav notched up 3/20 to justify India skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to field first on winning the toss.

Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged a wicket each. Jean-Paul Duminy and Khaya Zondo were the highest scorers for the Proteas with 25 runs each. Such was the domination of the Indian bowlers that only five South African batsmen managed to reach double figures. India are now number one in the ICC ODI rankings, however, to seal their position at the top, Men in Blue have to beat Proteas by a margin of at least 4-2 in the ongoing series.

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