The All India Radio (AIR) is trying to acquire radio commentary rights for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). According to the Prasar Bharti, they have officially requested the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) for the radio rights but are yet to hear from the Indian board.
“I have personally written to the President of BCCI to consider expanding the current MoU arrangement. We already have the radio rights for the BCCI matches in India. We have requested them to include the IPL in the understanding so that radio listeners get to follow the matches. In this Covid-19 pandemic situation, it will also be in public interest. We hope they will get back to us soon” Vempati said.
Cricket commentary was back on the national radio broadcast after a gap of five years in 2019. According to the understanding AIR has a right to do audio commentary on all international games in India besides the select men’s and women’s domestic matches, such as the Ranji Trophy Zonal, and games in the Women’s Challenger Series, Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy among others. But IPL was included in the agreement. Now AIR has requested for the inclusion of IPL rights as well in the agreement.