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Star Sports onboards specialists to share their expertise on IPL Auction Day

Ian Bishop, Tom Moody, Aaron Finch, Simon Katich, Irfan Pathan, and more will be a part of the Star Sports Cricket Live – Auction Special

Star Sports has onboarded a line-up of acclaimed auction specialists who can share first-hand expertise of what unfolds on the Indian Premiere League (IPL) auction table with the viewers.

The IPL 2023 Auctions are slated to take place on December 23, 2022, 1 pm onwards, and fans across India can watch all the action unfold from the auction table live on Star Sports Network show “Cricket Live – Auction Special”.

The auction specialists will provide fans with in-depth knowledge of auction strategies, player recruitment and more.

To enhance the fan experience, Star Sports will be providing a comprehensive broadcast of the auction in five different languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. The complete line-up of panellist for the different feeds will include former cricketers and experts such as Ian Bishop, Tom Moody, Aaron Finch, Simon Katich along with Mayanti Langer for the English feed.

The Hindi feed will feature experts like Aakash Chopra, Irfan Pathan and Amol Mazumdar along with Jatin Sapru. The Tamil feed will feature Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sadagoppan Ramesh and Subramaniam Badrinath while the Telugu feed will have Venugopal Rao, MSK Prasad and Ashish Reddy. The Kannada feed will feature Vijay Bharadwaj, Srinivas Murthy and Balachandra Akhil.

“This year’s auction panellists on Star Sports have been handpicked to provide the best insights to our viewers. These are some of the most proficient experts in the cricket domain, with years of experience not only on the field and team management but are also technically sound in auction strategies and tactics. Our English language feed boasts of names like Ian Bishop, who is arguably among the crème de la crème in the cricket world with an indelible profile that speaks volumes of his stature. Tom Moody and Simon Katich, who were crucial members during the auction strategy of various IPL teams and Aaron Finch, one of the most decorated cricketers in Australia, who has represented a record nine IPL franchises in his career. For our regional feeds, we have MSK Prasad, who brings with him years of valuable experience as the former Chief Selector of the Indian National Team, L Balaji, who was one of India’s leading spearheads in his time and began his career in coaching with Chennai Super Kings, and Irfan Pathan, who has been the mentor-cum-coach of Jammu and Kashmir cricket team which has the maximum representation in this year’s auctions,” said Star Sports spokesperson.

“Cumulatively, these legends of the game will be able to thoroughly analyse every auction strategy that franchises adopt and provide fans a well-informed view of how their favourite team fared at the auction,” he added. 

As part of an initiative to bring fans closer to the auctions, Star Sports also launched “Election Se Selection” contest for fans across India. Several fans participated in the contest and 20 fans, along with 5 super fans, are selected to visit the studios for the Auction Day.

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