When it comes to the web world, dates are very important. The official website (BCCI.TV) of the Board of Cricket Control of India aka BCCI has gone down during weekend due to non-payment of renewal fees for the domain name. However, the services to the domain and website were restored by the officials only after the issue was reported by the media.
It seems that BCCI could have approached Lalit Modi through an emissary to pay the renewal charges. Even though BCCI is one of the richest cricket board among all others in the world, the officials appointed by Supreme Court failed to renew the domain properly.
Interestingly, the domain registrars register.com and namejet.com have reportedly put the domain BCCI.TV for public bidding. This means other people will be able to grab the domain name by paying the highest bidding charges. According to reports, there are over seven bids with $270 being the highest.
We verified register.com and namejet.com but are unable to find any information regarding the domain. The register.com returned “No match for domain BCCI.TV” message when we verified the whois of the domain.
We verified the whois information and found that the domain name bcci.tv has now been renewed by the board until February 2, 2019. The domain name expired on February 2 but was updated only on February 4. Apparently, the domain has been renewed only for one year and not for an extended period of time.
The downtime of the official domain name caused huge embarrassment when the Indian cricket team won their second one day match against South Africa at the Centurion. The website hosts several crucial documents and also provides live scores and other news related content.
Upon inspection of the whois records, we can see that the client transfer has been prohibited. Moreover, the relevant contact details of the registrant including administrative and technical have been masked via privacy protection using a fake name and address. The hosting services for the BCCI.TV is being provided by Hostindia.
The BCCI should get access to the domain control panel, username and password from Lalit Modi to enable them to transfer and fetch the ownership of the domain. If the board decides to retain the domain with the current registrar, then they should move the domain.
To transfer the domain from one register to another, approval from the original registrant (Lalit Modi) is required. The chances of getting back the ownership of the domain is a challenging task for the BCCI since Modi is not in good terms with the board.
According to sources, the domain name is still owned by Lalit Modi, who is the erstwhile chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was removed by the board due to corruption allegations. However, Modi retained the domain without handing over the ownership. The court declined to honor the BCCI’s request when they approached for the transfer of the web properties. However, the court asked Modi to take care of the domain related issues including renewals until a final verdict is delivered.
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