Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh have united yet again. Albeit for a commercial cause.
The two of greatest exponents of spin bowling are in New York to announce the launch of the Indian Premier League on Hotstar for the US fans.
Indian cricket’s most lethal bowling duo, who have hunted in tandem for over a decade and a half for the national cricket team, are in Brooklyn for a CricFest on Saturday at MatchPoint NYC in Gravesend. The event likely to be attended by over 1,500 cricket enthusiasts is slated from 4 to 7 p.m. New York time.
The interactive event includes batting cages, a virtual reality cricket simulator, Indian street food vendors and the two special guests.
Insidesport.co had exclusively reported earlier this month that Hotstar will announce the IPL streaming in the US with Kumble and Harbhajan.
“The event is quite a spectacle … really just a celebration of cricket,” New York Post has quoted Hotstar International president Ipsita Dasgupta as saying.
Hotstar International, digital streaming partner for Vivo IPL, is hosting the event. “If you look at the community across the US, we started speaking to different cricket academies, associations, organizations. We realized there’s this huge unmet demand for events, activities, content and just a lot of excitement for people to get together,” adds Ipsita.
The IPL starts in April on Hotstar, which offers commentary for the games in six different languages. Saturday’s event will begin the unofficial countdown to the opening of the season.
Ipsita added that given the international nature of cricket, they couldn’t think of a better city to host the event than New York. “We’d love to believe that cricket will catch on in the US overall, but the immediate goal is to connect the hundreds of thousands of cricket lovers in the U.S.,” Dasgupta said. “We’re really looking forward to having a mix of people, from really hard-core cricket enthusiasts to people who are just starting to get excited about cricket because it has more to do with their identity than knowing much about the game already.”