IPL Likely to Embrace ‘Virtual Commentary’ For Upcoming Season

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is undoubtedly the most popular T20 tournament in the world. In fact, this world’s premier T20 competition stops the cricket-crazy nation for almost 2 months annually. Since its advent in 2008, the lucrative sport has turned the staid sport on its head.

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Just like other IPL seasons, IPL 2020 was all set to take place in the month of March. But the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic led to the postponement of the league. After much speculation and discussions, the IPL will now take place in the latter part of this year.

Virtual commentary will be a huge challenge: Irfan Pathan

As a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus, IPL broadcaster Star Sports has experimented with virtual commentary for a 36-over exhibition game between three teams on Centurion Park, featuring many South African stalwarts. AB de Villiers’ Eagles won the gold medal, while Temba Bavuma’s Kites bagged silver in the newly-introduced 3TC format of the game.

In the exhibition match, Deep Dasgupta was doing commentary from his Kolkata home, Irfan Pathan from Baroda and Sanjay Manjrekar from his Mumbai residence. As there are travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, broadcaster Star Sports decided to try the concept of virtual commentary. It was different from the commentary panel as the crew logged in from different parts of the country with the director being in Mysore.

As the experiment turned out to be successful, it’s possible that the broadcaster might introduce it in the IPL too. The much-awaited IPL is likely to take place in the month of September in the UAE. Amid the pandemic, ‘virtual commentary’ could continue till the very end of the IPL. If not for the main feeds in English and Hindi, the broadcaster will try it at least for regional feeds.

“It was an amazing experience though we were worried throughout because the internet speed can fluctuate and it could affect the voice quality. Anything can happen anytime during live commentary and with technology not fully in your control, it can be tricky but Star did a wonderful job,” Pathan said over the prospect of virtual commentary in IPL 2020.

While this was an exhibition game, everyone took it very seriously as they all wanted the show to resume after months of break. Star is very thorough with its planning and execution but commentary from home in the IPL will indeed be a huge challenge,” Pathan was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Star, during the course of the IPL every year, produces as many as 10 feeds with Hindi one accounting for two-thirds of the total viewership. With cricket undergoing many radical changes in the post-corona world, the commentary from ‘anywhere in the world’ could become a regular feature soon.

Trouble start for IPL 2020

The Indian Premier League’s governing body on Sunday has decided to retain all its sponsors, including the Chinese company Vivo. But this has left fans extremely miffed and questions are being raised over the governing of the BCCI.

Chinese sponsorship became a bone of contention after clashes between the Indian and Chinese troops, and the BCCI had promised to review the sponsorship after this. But the BCCI has decided to retain the sponsorship, so VIVO will continue to be title sponsors of the league.

VIVO has retained the title sponsorship of the cash-rich league after submitting a bid of Rs 2,199 crore over the next five years. The first time VIVO won the rights for the IPL title sponsorship for the first time in 2016.

“All I can say is that all our sponsors are with us. Hopefully, you can read between the lines,” an IPL GC member was quoted as saying by PTI.