- The BCCI has roped in an army of 100 IPL commentators for IPL 2018
- The list includes prominent former players from India and across the world
- Other than English and Hindi, the IPL will also be aired in languages like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bengali this year
In latest cricket news, it has been revealed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has roped in as many as 100 different commentators to oversee the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018). The Indian cricket board, has in collaboration with official broadcasters Star Sports, put together an army of 100 IPL commentators, most of whom are former cricket players.
BCCI working to air IPL 2018 in languages like Tamil, Telugu and Bengali
With the IPL 2018 broadcasters changing hands from Sony ESPN to Star Network, the BCCI has been working on the idea of presenting the eleventh edition of the tournament in various Indian regional languages so as to bring in and engage more fans from across the country.
Without putting out the list of IPL commentators, a BCCI office bearer said, “There will be commentators in half-a-dozen languages and most are former players. Who the commentators are is not as important as how many of them are there.”
While the commentators for the main English and Hindi feeds are likely to include usual names like Harsha Bhogle, Sunil Gavaskar, L Sivaramakrishnan, Murali Kartik and Sanjay Manjrekar, it is the list of regional IPL commentators that is generating a lot of curiosity among fans in places where languages like Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Kannada take precedence.
It is believed that in a bid to make IPL 2018 a complete watching experience for public, the BCCI has also zeroed in on names like Michael Clarke, Brett Lee, Matthew Hayden, Dean Jones, Danny Morrison, Scott Styris, Simon Doull, Ian Bishop and Pommie Mbangwa to join the prominent Indian names on the list of IPL commentators. There will also be four women commentators – Lisa Sthalekar, Melanie Jones, Anjum Chopra, Isa Guha.
Come IPL 2018 and the audiences will also see a new name on the list of IPL commentators as the BCCI has also signed up Rohan Gavaskar to join his illustrious father Sunil Gavaskar in the commentary box this year.
No Zoo-Zoos at IPL 2018
In more latest cricket news, telecom giant Vodafone has decided to not renew its sponsorship deal with the BCCI for the upcoming edition of IPL. As a result, the popular Zoo-Zoo advertisements which have become a part of IPL folklore over the years, will not be seen during the tournament this season. The Indian cricket board is looking to bring in fresh sponsors for the league.
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