The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) will be played behind closed doors. But now it is being revealed that IPL fans can still connect with their favorite teams and the players. IPL will do exactly like what English Premier League did during the just concluded season – that is connect the fans to the teams and the players by the help of technology during the live games.
According to the information available, the IPL broadcaster Star Sports and BCCI is planning to connect the fans through LED walls mounted in the stadiums. Though both BCCI and Star Sports are tightlipped about the plans, Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore has spilled the beans on how fans via technology will be able to log in real time and make an eye contact with their favorite players.
“I have been working very closely with the broadcasters, Star Sports, and I can tell you there are some unique ways of fan connect that have been planned. For example, one plan is to have a LED wall with fans represented there live via technology. So fans can see the players and more importantly, the player too can see the fans real time and make eye-contact with them.”, revealed KKR CEO, Venky Mysore to Gulf News.
According to the KKR CEO, this innovation will make fans stay connected with the games as if they are in the stadiums. And at the same time players will also feel their presence while playing.
“When a player walks back to the boundary from his bowling run-up, he can actually see fans wave at him and can wave back. Imagine what this will mean for both the players and fans. There are many such plans in place and trust me, fans will not feel left out. And I will urge each one of them to support us like they do and during pujas stay at home and watch us play”, declared KKR CEO
IPL 2020 : Innovations to be introduced to make fans connected with the players
Premier League, Danish League and few others leagues successfully used the same technology to transport their fans to the stadium. The supporters appeared on a live video fan wall that was streamed into stadiums during the games.
Premier League used the live video feeds, each of which featured 16 supporters from each club, and this feed was made available to the broadcasters and to clubs for use on big screens during matches.
Danish Football League used teleconferencing platform Zoom to show supporters on a virtual grandstand.
BCCI or the broadcasters are yet to reveal the exact details on how fans will be connected to the stadiums and the live broadcast feeds. But few weeks back Disney Star India Chairman Uday Shankar in an interview dropped a hint that they are working on various modules to connect the fans to the stadiums, capturing their reactions and actions during the live IPL games.
“As we have to play without spectators, we will find creative ways of using our imagination and creative resources to develop new forms of excitement. Earlier, there was the stadium, you didn’t need to do something. For every reaction, you just had to cut to somebody in the ground, now we will have to think of it and we have to create the experience without people at the ground
“So, you can be at home but you can also be on television. Our ability to recreate the same atmosphere for the fan who are watching it from home is limited only by our imagination, otherwise the fan gives you enough opportunity to capture those moments of intensity and excitement. Everyone has a camera phone, I just need to source them. So, we’ll be thinking differently”, Shankar had declared this in an interview.
According to sources, both BCCI and the broadcaster Star Sports are working on some more innovations for the IPL 2020 and soon the same will be revealed. For details on the same and all other news related to IPL 2020, keep following https://www.