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Star Sports 2 & Star Cricket geared up for ICC Champions Trophy 2013 coverage

Commentary in Hindi and English with cutting-edge production initiatives like Dolby Digital Surround sound, UltraCam and StarCam 360

 

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | May 30, 201

Star Sports 2 and Star Cricket have announced a slew of production and programming initiatives which are set to redefine viewing experience in the upcoming live coverage of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Star Sports 2 will broadcast the event in Hindi while Star Cricket and Star Cricket HD will showcase the tournament with English commentary. Live coverage will start on May 30 and continue till the final on June 23.

The channels will add telecast innovations like UltraCam and StarCam 360 within the live programme taking cricket viewing to a whole new level. Moreover, for the first time, Star Cricket HD will broadcast the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound technology. The HD picture quality and Dolby Digital sound will transport cricket fans straight to the ring-side of live and compelling cricket action.

The network has put in place a star-studded commentary panel with representation from all the participating countries. The list of commentators include cricketing superstars like Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sanjay Manjrekar, Arun Lal and Akash Chopra (India); Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton (England); Shane Warne and Tom Moody (Australia); Michael Holding (West Indies); Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram (Pakistan); Russell Arnold (Sri Lanka); Pommie Mbangwa (Zimbabwe); and Simon Doull (New Zealand). Seasoned analysts like Harsha Bhogle and Jatin Sapru will undertake the hosting duties for the English and Hindi telecast.

UltraCam will bring to viewers super-slow, sharper and nuanced imagery. StarCam 360 will give viewers never-seen-before 360-degree camera angles and panoramic views of key match moments. Star Cricket and Star Sports 2 intend to make StarCam 360 a regular feature in international cricket going forward.

Besides showcasing the live action, the channels have also planned detailed and exhaustive wrap-around elements which will analyse the game in the minutest detail for the avid cricket fan. The central wrap-around show has been rechristened Cricket Live. It will contain various innovative segments and features such as ‘Masterclass’, ‘Faceoff’, ‘Down Memory Lane’ and ‘In the Nets’.

The ‘Face-off’ segment will see each commentator arguing for his national team’s strengths. In Masterclass, commentators will coach the viewer and give tips on how to improve their understanding of the game. In the Nets will give detailed coverage of how players get ready for the game while commentators will relive their memories/ experiences of previous English tours in ‘Down Memory Lane’.

Vijay Rajput, Chief Operating Officer, ESPN Software India, said, “The ICC Champions Trophy is a true test of cricketing excellence with the top eight ODI teams going head to head to be crowned Champions. There is no room for error as a defeat can cost a team dearly. We will leave no stone unturned to make this tournament an unprecedented viewing experience and are working with the ICC to deliver a world-class telecast for viewers worldwide. With a range of special programming, on-air enhancements, brand new camera angles, state-of-the-art graphics along with a high quality team of analysts comprising some of the great names of international cricket we intend to take the fan engagement to a newer level by redefining the way international cricket has been showcased till date.”

Broadcast schedule of ICC Champions Trophy 2013:

 Date

Event - Live

Pre Show

(Cricket Live)

Match Timings

Post Show

(Cricket Live)

 

Venue

 

 

Kick off Matches

May 30, 2013 Thursday

Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan

17:00 - 17:30

17:30-1:30

1:30 - 2:00

Edgbaston
June 1, 2013 Saturday

India vs. Sri Lanka

14:30 - 15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00 - 23:30

Edgbaston
June 3, 2013 Monday

South Africa vs. Pakistan

14:30 - 15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00 - 23:30

Kennington Oval  
June 4, 2013 Tuesday

India vs. Australia

14:30 - 15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00 - 23:30

Edgbaston

League stage

June 6, 2013 Thursday

India vs. South Africa

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
June 7, 2013 Friday

West Indies vs. Pakistan

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Kennington Oval  
June 8, 2013 Saturday

England vs. Australia

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Edgbaston
June 9, 2013 Sunday

Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
June 10, 2013 Monday

Pakistan vs. South Africa

16:00-17:30

17:30-01:30

01:30-02:00

  Edgbaston  
June 11, 2013 Tuesday

India vs. West Indies

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Kennington Oval  
June 12, 2013 Wednesday

Australia vs. New Zealand

14:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00 – 23:30

Edgbaston
June 13, 2013 Thursday

England vs.  Sri Lanka

16:00-17:30

17:30-01:30

01:30-02:00

Kennington Oval  
June 14, 2013 Friday

West Indies vs. South Africa

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
June 15, 2013 Saturday

India vs. Pakistan

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Edgbaston
June 16, 2013 Sunday

England vs. New Zealand

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
June 17, 2013 Monday

Sri Lanka vs. Australia

16:00-17:30

17:30-01:30

01:30-02:00

Kennington Oval  

Knock-out matches

June 19, 2013 Wednesday

Semi Final 1

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Kennington Oval  
June 20, 2013 Thursday

Semi Final 2

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
June 23, 2013 Sunday

Final

13:30-15:00

15:00-23:00

23:00-23:30

Edgbaston

*schedule subject to change

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