On Tuesday the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced a two-year radio rights with All India Radio. The BCCI broke the news on their website saying it as “an initiative to enhance the coverage of Indian Cricket and take it to the nook and corner of the country”.
The live audio commentary on radio will begin from the first game of India’s upcoming Twenty 20 match against South Africa on September 15 in Dharamsala. South Africans are touring India to play three T20I matches and three Test matches. The T20I will be played in Dharamsala on September 15 followed by the next two in Mohali on September 18 and Bengaluru on September 22. Then the Proteas will begin their World Test Championship journey with three Test matches against India. The Test matches will be staged in Visakhapatnam, Pune, and Ranchi between October 2 and October 23. India, on the other hand after a brilliant West Indies tour are all set to face South Africa at home.
This two-year contract between the board and AIR will run from September 10 2019 to August 31, 2021. According to the arrangement the radio commentary will be available from important domestic tournaments as well. AIR will cover men’s and women’s domestic tournaments that will include Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup, Deodhar Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and women’s Challenger series. The following list with the names of the tournaments has been shared by the BCCI.
|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|