In an initiative to enhance the coverage of Indian Cricket and take it to the nook and corner of the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced a two-year radio rights arrangement with All India Radio (AIR).
This initiative will offer millions of listeners across India the opportunity to follow their favourite sport via live radio commentary.
The audio commentary will commence from the first game of India’s upcoming Paytm T20I series against South Africa in Dharamsala.
In addition to international matches, AIR will also provide coverage for the below men’s and women’s domestic tournaments and matches. The two-year tenure starts from September 10, 2019, and runs till August 31, 2021.
|Event||Total matches||Total Match days|
|Ranji Trophy||1 x 5-day Final||5|
|Duleep Trophy||1 x 5-day Final||5|
|Deodhar Trophy||3 x 1-Day League games||3|
|Deodhar Trophy||1 x 1-Day Final||1|
|Women’s Challenger Series||4 x 1-Day games||4|
|Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Super League||10 x League matches||5|
|Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy league||1 x Final||1|
|Irani Cup (Men)||1 x 5-day Match||5|
A tough season ahead for Team India
After their disappointing exit in the 2019 World Cup, India churned out a dominating performance in the West Indies. In the entire tour, the team, captained by Virat Kohli, didn’t lose a single match. The only game that they didn’t win was the first ODI at the Providence Stadium in Guyana, which was washed off due to persistent rain. Apart from that, India was absolutely stupendous.
The Test series was a completely one-sided affair as the visitors didn’t allow the home to team to make a comeback. India’s campaign versus South Africa is expected to be an important one as it marks the start of the national team’s long campaign at home. The fixtures also have two Tests.
Thereafter, India will host Bangladesh for a T20I and Test series in November. Their focus will also be on the 2020 edition of the T20 World Cup, set to be played in Australia. Ravi Shastri was re-appointed as their head coach last month and he has a massive task at hand.
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