Vineet Saran, a former judge on the Supreme Court, has assumed the roles of ethics officer and ombudsman for the BCCI, replacing the twin positions that had been vacant for a year. Justice (Ret.) D K Jain, whose tenure expired in June of last year, was replaced by Saran. “Honourable Justice Saran’s appointment was made last month,” a BCCI official told PTI. Domestic cricket and BCCI media rights are on the Apex Council’s agenda.

At its meeting on Thursday, the BCCI Apex Council will lay the groundwork for the media rights for the home season (2023 and forward) and a full-fledged domestic season after two years, after the IPL bonanza. Due to COVID-19, the majority of Apex Council meetings have taken place online during the last two years, but everyone is set to gather in person at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.

Update on the domestic season for 2022–2023, umpire grading, and media rights for cricket in India is among the 12 points on the agenda. Star India, the current rights holder, paid 6138.1 crores for the 2018–2023 cycle, although the amount is expected to rise significantly in light of the significant profits from the IPL media rights, which brought in 48390 crores. The forthcoming domestic season will also be addressed, the insider added, along with the media rights.

Due to the epidemic, the Ranji Trophy was unable to be played for the first time in 2021; however, it did return this year with certain restrictions, allowing teams to play just three league games.

The domestic season is expected to be a full-fledged one as the Covid-19 scenario allows the BCCI to do away with the bubble for both international and local games.

Following the statement made last month, the BCCI will also approve the hike in pension for retired cricket players.