The list of commentators for the broadcast of the Indian Premier League is getting longer by the day. Star India has employed more than 90 commentators in different languages to cater to the IPL audiences. A selected bunch of commentators will work from the location i.e UAE and the rest will be based out of Star Sports studio in Mumbai and will bring live pictures and commentary to the screens of IPL fans all around the globe.
IPL 2020 World Feed Commentators : Live Feed which will be distributed all around the globe
BCCI has picked Sunil Gavaskar, Matthew Hayden, Michael Slater, Simon Doull, Pommie Mbangwa, L Sivaramakrishnan, Murali Kartik, Deep Dasgupta, Rohan Gavaskar, Harsha Bhogle and Anjum Chopra to do commentary for the World Feed of IPL 2020. These commentators will work on the 3 designated locations (AbuDhabi, Dubai, Sharjah) of IPL 2020 in UAE.
IPL 2020 Hindi Commentators : From the Location
Aakash Chopra and Ajit Agarkar have joined the panel of commentators that will work from the spot on Hindi commentary for Star Sports. They will be joined by other Hindi-speaking experts from the spot and a part of the Hindi commentary will be done from the Mumbai studios of Star.
IPL 2020 : Harbhajan will also be part of a new show on IPL 2020 & Hindi Commentary team from Mumbai Studio
Harbhajan Singh will also stay connected with the 13th edition of the IPL 2020. Despite of pulling out of his contract with the Chennai Super Kings for ‘personal reasons’, Bhajji’s connect with the IPL 2020 will stay intact. As reported earlier on 4th Sep, the former Indian spinner has signed up officially with Star India for a broadcast stint on the IPL 2020. Bhajji will be part of the Hindi Commentary team for Star Sports. The channel is yet to officially announce the tie-up.
InsideSport has further learnt that the broadcaster has also planned a special show with Harbhajan for IPL 2020. The details of the show has not been released as yet. But the cricketer himself teased the fans through this cryptic tweet on his upcoming endeavor.
“Cricket aaj kal kaafi news mein hai, aur abhi abhi mujhe aisa kuch pata chala hai that will change the way you look at cricket forever! #CricketKaKhulasa,” he has stated on his Twitter handle @Harbhajan_Singh.
IPL 2020 : 90 Commentators to bring LIVE FEED to IPL FANS in various languages
Star India, the host broadcaster for IPL 2020 has already declared that IPL 2020 has already become a very ‘unique IPL and will create global benchmark’. According to Disney Star India’s Chairman Uday Shankar had predicted recently that IPL 2020 will deliver 550Mn+ audiences in India alone.
Shankar also gave insight into the Star India’s broadcast & production plans for IPL 2020. He disclosed that IPL 2020 will see 90 commentators, seven fully customized broadcast feeds across languages and 18 hours of live and special programming throughout the day.
“Viewership has never been an issue with IPL. I can only hope it’s bigger than ever. There will be seven fully customized broadcast feeds across languages and 18 hours of live and special programming. with 90 commentators. We expect TV viewership of 550 million+ in India across live broadcast and beyond live programming and the broadcast to be distributed in over 100 countries”, said Star India’s boss in the interview to TOI.
IPL 2020 : Star India has also created own bio-bubble for its 700+ crew
Star India as always has created humongous plans to deliver bigger, better and safe IPL 2020 this year. According to Shankar, this time the challenge is much bigger because the official broadcaster also needs to make sure every crew and team member stays completely safe from the pandemic.
“The protocol we’ve designed for this IPL can become a global benchmark for any tournament to be held safely. We’ll be doing it at three stadiums with 700+ crew and around 90 commentators working across UAE, India and globally to operate under Covid-related SOPs for 60-75 days. There’ll be a bio-secure bubble in Mumbai to entail 400-plus staffers across six floors of the production facility. Rigorous testing protocols for all staffers entailing pre-screening, testing before entry, and periodic testing during stay. Stringent sanitization and social distancing protocols at production facilities and multiple zones are being set up to keep teams separated”, said Shankar.