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Media rights head Dabas in shock resignation from ICC

General view of Cricket World Cup Trophy during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Aarti Dabas, the head of media rights, broadcast and digital at the International Cricket Council, resigned late this week following a corporate restructure of the ICC, SportBusiness understands.

The highly-regarded Dabas had been with the ICC, the sport’s world governing body, for over 12 years. She had led the ICC’s media-rights team since August 2014.

She also oversaw the tender process which resulted late last month in social media platform Facebook securing digital rights in the Indian subcontinent to ICC events through to 2023, in a deal described by ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney as “ground breaking”.

One of Dabas’ last piece of business was the agreement announced today in which the ICC extended its exclusive its deal with pay-television operator Sky New Zealand for the rights in to ICC events for four years, through to 2023.

Prior to joining the ICC in 2007, Dabas had worked for four years for Indian pay-television network Ten Sports and for over five years for TWI, the production arm of the IMG agency.

Dabas is featured as one of the Media Trailblazers of 2019 in the November issue of SportBusiness Review, a feature that went to press prior to her resignation.