India news April 2, 2012

Star TV bags rights for Indian cricket

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Star TV, owned by Rupert Murdoch, has won the rights to broadcast Indian cricket for 2012-2018. The deal, which also includes internet and mobile rights, was valued at Rs 3851 crores (approximately $750 million) and covers 96 matches. The other bidder - at Rs 3700 crores, or $727 million - was Multi-Screen Media (Sony), which currently owns the rights to the IPL.

The rights cover all international cricket in India, and domestic competitions including the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup; they do not include the IPL. The first series under this deal, according to a schedule announced on Monday, will be New Zealand's tour of India in August-September 2012; England have a full tour later in the year and Australia arrive in February for a four-Test series.

Under the deal, Star TV will be paying approximately Rs.40 crores (US$7.86 million) for each match, significantly more than the Rs.32.5 crores (US$6.38 million) the previous broadcaster, Nimbus, had to pay for each match. The pricing is in two stages, Farooq Abdullah, chairman of the BCCI's marketing committee, told ESPNcricinfo: Rs 32.2 crores ($6.3 million) for the matches from 2012 to 2014 and Rs 43.20 crore ($8.5 million) for the matches from 2014 to 2018.

"This is a substantial improvement [on the previous contract with Nimbus]," N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, said. "And the BCCI is very, very happy that the media rights have been fully evaluated and now, I think, fully priced."

While the bid was submitted by Star TV, Uday Shankar, the channel's chief executive, made it clear that the rights will be shared with ESPN, its partner in the ESPN Star Sports* joint-venture. "STAR India will work collaboratively with ESPN-STARSports to exploit the rights", Shankar said. "Right now, we have three sports channels -- Star Sports, ESPN and Star Cricket to broadcast cricket. However, if required, we could explore the launch of new channels."

Manu Sawhney, managing director, ESPN STAR Sports, said: "It was decided by ESS that the preferred way for these rights is for Star to bid with the understanding that should they win, they would utilize these rights in partnership with ESS."

The deal gives Star and ESS a virtual stranglehold on marquee cricket events, since they already own the rights to ICC tournaments as well as cricket in Australia and England. The collaboration also owns rights to the Champions League Twenty20.

The board has also cancelled its production rights contract with Nimbus. ESPNcricinfo understands that the BCCI might want to own the production rights instead of selling it.

The board was forced to issue a new tender after it terminated its contract with Nimbus in December 2011, claiming the latter had defaulted on its payments. The matter has subsequently been referred for arbitration, with the Bombay High Court ruling that Nimbus must deposit Rs 305 crores (approx US$60 million) with the court as security for the amount the BCCI claims it is owed by the company. Nimbus has also made a counter-claim of Rs 600 crores (approx US$118 million) from the board.

The BCCI's marketing committee set the price for category A games at Rs 31.25 crores per match (approx $6.1 million) plus Rs 1 crore (approx $0.2 million) while category B games were set at Rs 34 crores (approx $6.67 million) plus Rs 1 crore. The contract with Nimbus had a base price of Rs 31.25 crores (approx $6.1 million) per game for each of the three formats purely for the broadcast rights.

The board did attempt to sell the internet rights separately last year, but the tender found no takers at the initial base price of Rs 3 crores (approx $0.6 million) or its subsequently reduced price of Rs 2 crores (approx $0.4 million).

*ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.), the parent company of ESPNcricinfo, and News Corporation Limited (STAR)

(Additional reporting by Nagraj Gollapudi)

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    they will add new channels like star cricket 2/3

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Yes! Now Neo Cricket will be able to telecast bangladesh matches and will give more value to a Bangladesh-West Indies T20 than a boring (no offence Indians) Ranji Trophy match. but I am afraid Star Cricket will have a tough time catering so many matches.

  • POSTED BY Bharath.Reddy on | April 4, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Hurrayy..... Can listen to Hasha Bogle more frequently. I Love his commentary :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Quality of match certainly increases when we watch match on Star cricket, but unfortunately in Pakistan Star cricket only sporadically telecasted (I dont know why) even the Indian commercial are funny and watchable (hate Pakistani commercials) I think its good for the game and for cricket fans

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    is DANNY MORISON(newzealander) available on ESS commentry panel?

  • POSTED BY Chuck_Nunchuck on | April 3, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    we would love to see Sidhu paaji in the mix.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    That's really good now star cricket telecast live match not neo cricket.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Probably the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket. No more missing the final balls of the overs.(hopefully) No more cliched commentary. And no more paying for useless NEO.

  • POSTED BY atuljain1969 on | April 3, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    I ALSO REQUEST STAR ESPN TO TAKE EX CRICKETER MR. SIDHU ON THEIR COMMENTATOR PANEL. EVERYBODY WILL GAIN FROM THIS.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    What's the first series u going to telecast ??

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    they will add new channels like star cricket 2/3

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Yes! Now Neo Cricket will be able to telecast bangladesh matches and will give more value to a Bangladesh-West Indies T20 than a boring (no offence Indians) Ranji Trophy match. but I am afraid Star Cricket will have a tough time catering so many matches.

  • POSTED BY Bharath.Reddy on | April 4, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Hurrayy..... Can listen to Hasha Bogle more frequently. I Love his commentary :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Quality of match certainly increases when we watch match on Star cricket, but unfortunately in Pakistan Star cricket only sporadically telecasted (I dont know why) even the Indian commercial are funny and watchable (hate Pakistani commercials) I think its good for the game and for cricket fans

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    is DANNY MORISON(newzealander) available on ESS commentry panel?

  • POSTED BY Chuck_Nunchuck on | April 3, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    we would love to see Sidhu paaji in the mix.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    That's really good now star cricket telecast live match not neo cricket.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Probably the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket. No more missing the final balls of the overs.(hopefully) No more cliched commentary. And no more paying for useless NEO.

  • POSTED BY atuljain1969 on | April 3, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    I ALSO REQUEST STAR ESPN TO TAKE EX CRICKETER MR. SIDHU ON THEIR COMMENTATOR PANEL. EVERYBODY WILL GAIN FROM THIS.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    What's the first series u going to telecast ??

  • POSTED BY theswami on | April 3, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    No Mumbai Bleators ......... No Shastri,No Gavaskar. If this is enforced, I'll watch cricket on ESPNSTAR...... Also Don't ever give Wasim Akram, Rameez Raja, Henry Olonga or something Fernando (not sure of his first name) the mic..... Russel Arnold is pretty bad too .......

    Bhogle, David Lloyd, Nasser Hussain, Sivaramakrishnan, Michael Holding,Mike Atherton, MarkTaylor, Ian Healy and pretty sure there are many other guys as good ....

    And yes, I want skimpily clad 20-somethings to add spice .... after all its wholesome entertainment & not the game that matters ...... i don't have much personal preference here,but as long as the above criteria are met, it's fine .....

  • POSTED BY sanscorpio on | April 3, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    great news, but i hope that star group doesnt involve any stupid movie bafons, to pass comment or value thier thoughts about the matches/players, playing conditions, what we expect is just cricket, analysis/commentry from only cricketers and not others who are not related to cricket (read movie actors)

  • POSTED BY amitdh on | April 3, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Hurray...ESPN is back...PLEASE bring Navjot Singh Sidhu also back.....sometimes his commentary is much more interesting than the match itself....ESPN! PLEASE BRING HIM BACK ...

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | April 3, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Hopefully there won't be hour-long pre-match and post-match discussions.. We want highlights and player insights instead of boring talk shows..

  • POSTED BY gamespplplay on | April 3, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Thank God for this... But the quality of commentary has to improve... urgently. primary problem: commentators are talking too much about too little. It would be infinitely preferred if commentators talked about the game (where it is heading), what players/captains are doing - rather than singing paeans of individual players or cricket shots. The latter has become increasingly irritating. There is depressingly little comment on the status of the game (at any point of the game). And pls ask commentators to speak judiciously - they keep babbling away even when a ball is being delivered. Prefered commentators - Ravi S, Rameez, Siva (if unavoidable), Wasim, Harsha, Slater, Alan Wilkins, Mark Nicholas. Pls Keep Gavaskar away when SRT is batting.

    ESPNStar: pls keep pregame/postgame shows short and sweet and, during the game, if possible, do not rush into a commercial break at the over's end - and try not to miss the first ball of the next over after the commercial break.

  • POSTED BY manisacumen on | April 3, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Good now that Star will broadcast india matches. i remember 93 when they telecast the Eng-Ind series with gower and botham as commentators. WOW. My panel is 1. Tony Greig 2. Ian Chappell 3. Boycott 4. Michael Holding 5. Tony Cozier 6. Nasser Hussain 7. Navjot Sidhu (how could you all forget him nay his Sidhuisms ?!) 8. Harsha Bhogle 9. Saurav Ganguly 10. Danny Morrisson 11. Sanjay Manjrekar 12. Rahul Dravid 13. Henry Blofeld (hope he is alive) 14. Mark Nicholas. I am the greatest fan of Ravi Shastri but somehow, even I feel he has become sort of monotonous. But I like Alan Wilkins very much, would prefer him as TV anchor.

  • POSTED BY Smithie on | April 3, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Hopefully Rupert's boys made a deal with Srinivasan conditional on India using full DRS and supporting its universal adoption for all ICC matches at Full Member level. With all this loot the BCCI can afford the technology ! - and Srinivasan could save face by blaming its use on Rupert- therebye appeasing SRT !

  • POSTED BY Metallikanz on | April 3, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    This is great news for all cricket lovers.... Hopefully no ad-breaks at the drop of a hat; and we get to watch all 6 balls in the over without interruptions. Now if they could drop a few oldies from their commentary team?

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    ESPN-Star are currently the undisputed emperors of sports media in Asia. Having the rights of cricket in England, Australia and now India adds another feather in its hat. Not to forget, it also holds the rights of all the ICC events, Champions League T20, Big Bash League, English t20 and Bangladesh Premier League- they are surely on a roll.

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | April 3, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    What an achievement! What a feat! All our problems are solved. The loss of 8-0 is forgotten now. Great work by BCCI. Out of this 3851 cr please start new edition of UWCL (Utter Waste Cricket League) and sell the television rights to TEN SPORTS for a record price of 33500 crores.

  • POSTED BY Vnod_Pllai on | April 3, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Listening to Wasim Akram & Shivaramakrishnan is something more than boring...they are really pathetic....I don't understand, why the broadcasters stick with them when their commentary gives no entertainment at all rather it is irritating.....to me Ian Chappel, Harsha Bhogle & Manjarekar are good.....Having said that, Channel 9 team is the best in the business.....no other broadcasters could produce such high quality stuff like channel 9.....

  • POSTED BY karthik_ig on | April 3, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    What happened to Mike Haysman.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Ok its a good new that Star TV bags the rights for cricket but why espnstar stict only with wasim akram, tom mody or ganguly since last 5-6 years, these peoples giving only a boring commentary. They are just bored peoples.Star must brings likes of Toney Grieg, Bill Lawry, Mark Nichlos, Micheal Slater, Martin Crow, Mike Hysman, Robin Jackman, David Dylod. Stop bringing Wasim Akram and Ganguly, The world is more.

  • POSTED BY asharazeem on | April 3, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    5 ball overs,Lakshmi Sivaramakrishnan and Rameez are annoying.Great to see that Star got the rights.They were one big reason for the success of world cup.Nimbus is poor,as our their talk shows. More over I believe with respect to commentary that we should always have neutral guys just like we have the umpires.

  • POSTED BY maverick_ind on | April 3, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    what a RELIEF!!! NEO cricket was downright annoying! have always loved ESPNSTAR!!!

  • POSTED BY Tejas_Joshi on | April 3, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Star cricket, We want Harsha Bhogle back. It takes a lot to commentate is such a technically astute manner despite no professional cricket experience whatsoever. Also, does anybody care about Tony Greig? What an excellent commentator he is! Pity, he is already on a contract with Ten sports.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    i agree with sanjiv, in fact i wanted to say the same thing, neoocricket was showing only five ball over, no immediate replays once there is a four/six or wicket. Hope to see some professional cricket telecast from star.

    Even star was not showing good Aus - Ind series recently concluded, since there is NO MARK NICHOLAS, SUNIL GAVASKAR, BILL LAWRY, RICHY BENAD. fed up with ravi sastr's commentary, may be a break will do. Ofcourse, sanjay manjrekar was fine.

  • POSTED BY anantxv on | April 3, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Hire Barry Richards. He is the best in the business.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    When people hear the same voice over an extended period, they get fed up and fatigued. Hence the call to axe some of the commentators. I think the commentators should come up with some innovations in their presentation and avoid using the same phrases time and again. People like Shastri and Wasim Akram are horrible to say the least. Shastri in particular, one could predict what is going to comment each and every ball depending on the match situation. Star group need not stick to the same bunch for decades. Ganguly was superb with his analytical skills. I like Boycott and Ian Chappel.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    It is going to be a hectic 6 years for me...In our region the operators are not giving us STAR or ESPN...I had to buy an extra dish for viewing the last AUSTRALIA - INDIA match, which gave me WORTH the money of buying the dish...All games lost...And now what???

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Finally .. Lakshmi Sivaramakrishnan is Off.. thank god. Cudnt take that guy's commentry.So Annoying

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    I cannot fathom Lord Dravid putting Sunil Gavaskar in the same league as say Mark Nicholas or even Harsha Bhogle. Considering the technical excellence of his batting Gavaskar makes the most elementary mistakes in his commentary= and why does he sound so smug! Having said that one is looking forward to good quality telecasting of cricket by Star TV.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    More Tony Greig ........ and please give pink slip to Ravi / Rameez

  • POSTED BY ElBeeDubya on | April 2, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Bhogle and Nicholas are very likable but they do get regularly overexcited which can become monotonous. (See also RAVI SHASTRI.) A lot of the IPL commentators behave like ANNOUNCERS rather than commentators. I like MANJREKAR since he can be analytical, perceptive and he does not mind creating a bit of controversy. Cheeky sense of humor also helps. Overall, English commentators are the best with Hussain, Atherton, Boycott and Bumble leading the way but Botham, like Gavaskar, proves that great cricketers do not make great commentators.

  • POSTED BY Ra_Thore on | April 2, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @Aqeel Haider...No sir, Rameez and Shastri both are great interviewers.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | April 2, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    @Raman Sharma would you please stop pasting the samething everywhere ! Mr.Uday Shankar has clarified that already! "The decision is that we will exploit [the rights] or we will broadcast in collaboration with ESPN STAR Sports* [ESS]." No spare us the torture! @Lord_Dravid You find Harsha boring? Thats the first time I have heard that!

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | April 2, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    is it just me or does anyone else also find harsha bhogle and sanjay manjrekar's commentry boring? their voices are annoying and no excitment in it whatsoever to entertain television viewers. someone plz fire them. we need commentators like david lloyd, mark nicholas, nasser hussein and gavaskar who make viewing games more enjoyable.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | April 2, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    So long as they show us the sixth ball.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    let me clear everyone... it's STAR Network who won the contract..not ESPNSTAR...so STAR hv to launch a new dedicated sports channel first and BCCI is not giving producing rights to the broadcasters....!! another NEO in making...

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | April 2, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Who hates extra 8 crores each game? If a dispute and termination of contract earns you that big bucks for nothing but few hearings in the high court with expected results in your favor then why the fuss? Let put this contract in dispute in 2014 gaining antoher 10 carores from new contract hahahahahaha! MoneyGame!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    It's really gr8 that STAR has got these rights, the quality and clearity is way better than any other, plus the commentry team also( thank god it does not include sunil G)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Sky Sports is the best because the commentators are terrific and are very exiting plus they only show ad after after 4 overs or so unless a wicket falls. I LOVE SKY SPORTS.

  • POSTED BY B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on | April 2, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    its good news for all keen cricket followers.. BUT they have to change few comentators.. who are really good for nothing... pls be selective and carefull with ur comentating team.... well i know if i name the bad commentators here my comments will not appear at all.... if u guys got good iqs just find what im trying to say here... i hate to see the commentators such as : AL, WA, SG, DM to name few.... what to u guys say em i rite or not .. ;)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    i like David Llyod's Comentory pretty much

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    can someone fire rameez raja and shastri?

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    This is a great news for us..Undoubtedly the best in India for the quality of telecast...We hope to see a better quality of commentary than the tour down under.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Hopefully the SKY commentary team will replace the current BIAS commentary team. When is ESPN STAR going to take over South African broadcasting?

  • POSTED BY scdXI on | April 2, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Great news!!! Congrats to CRICINFO as well, as they are also part of ESPNSTAR, Thank god hopefully no more ads between balls and replays,Hoping for some grt coverage frm ESPNSTAR but only request is please hire some1 other than ravi shastri and gavaskar for the commentry.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | April 2, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Finally we got a good Telecaster on-board, Well done BCCI & Srinivasan.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Hoping to see all 6 balls in an over.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Thank God!!! finally Cricket will be seen where it should be seen...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Neo Cricket anchors are good, young and very competitive to Star. The main presenter Radhkrishnan Srinivasan is the best in the business these days. I feel that he has a potential to be the next Harsha Bhogle. I also hope Star discontinues its own production for India's foreign tours and allow the respective country's home broadcaster (channel 9 or sky) for broadcast style and commentary. It may be a commercial sacrifice but listening to Mark Taylor, Mark Nicholas, Richie Benaud, Geffory Boycott is much better than that of similar voices of Alan Wilkins, Wasim Akram and Tom Moody.

  • POSTED BY nadeemoec on | April 2, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    This really is v.v.v happy news for all of us (the die hard indian cricket fans). ESS truly is the no.1 n world class broadcaster & looking forward to see Indian domestic matches in ESS. I hope they immediately bring back Harsh Bhoghle + Sunil Gavaskar in their commentary team (missed them during OZ tour). Quality of audio-video / commentry / pre-post match analysis n sheer class in ESS is 10000 times better than substandard neo-sony max-ten sport etc in India. Viewing experience of ESS is unmatched n purely visual delight !!! I still rem ESPN broadcasting Ranji way back in mid 1990`s and those were class apart from what we latter saw on DD SPORTS, Neo etc..Hope ESS doesnt commit its cardinal sin of removing Harsha and Sunil Gavaskar again. Hope everything goes great for ESS for next 6 yrs with arrogant-unprofessional BCCI !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Finaly ESS has got d rights of broadcasting of Indian Cricket..now we can enjoy best quality and best commentary as well..

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    suko99: dharamshala is a dust bowl??have you ever seen the venue or the venue stats...bcci is planning to prepare fast and bouncy wickets there..and its already a neutral pitch...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Star group will provide great entertainment not only for Indians in India But throughout the world for all cricket lovers. World class cricket, World class coverage for world class cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    though ESS is now getting a stranglehold on the Cricket TV Rights, it is definitely a positive for the current time...

  • POSTED BY testcricfan24 on | April 2, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    I was hoping for this to come true ever since BCCI scrapped the Nimbus deal. So definitely happy now. But I am not too sure about less ads though. The channel needs to earn a lot of revenues to get back the money it spends on each match. Apart from the $8 million that they are paying to the BCCI, they have a lot of other expenditures such as payment of the commentators, cameramen etc to name a few. The major way to earn revenues is by selling the advertisement slots, so I'm pretty sure there will be ads. Sky in the UK has a lot of paid customers who pay a lot of money as monthly subscription, in India that's not possible given that DD will most likely telecast the matches as well. So don't get your hopes high on the less ads front, I just hope for a world class production value in HD.

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | April 2, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    I cannot see gavaskar, ravi shastri, harsha, wasim, sanjay in the commentary box. Only sourav and Ian makes sense out of that commentary, the rest is all junk. They should bring in more australian or english commentators (steal from sky sports).

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | April 2, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    As a dedicated cricket fan what I consider even more important than the picture quality, as long as it's atleast adequate, is to put an end to the nauseating practice of having ads (usually obnoxious ones) after every over or just after a wicket falls. Is this really necessary? At least time the ads well so that it doesn't conflict with the live action. Better still have one every 3 or 4 overs but not during an over when a wicket just fell. There's nothing more irritating to me than knowing that a wicket fell on the first delivery of an over which I missed because an ad was playing.

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | April 2, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    To exploit more money, they would commence a new channel and make it expensive pay channel.

  • POSTED BY Cluedin on | April 2, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Hopefully, this will remove the objection fo cost for implementing the DRS. Even if BCCI do not implement it, there is nothing to stop the broadcaster to use the technology. :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Finally something great for Indian cricket viewers....

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    finally sense prevails in the BCCI .... ESS is the BEST .... good quality , high cklass commentary and less ads ..... woot.....

  • POSTED BY suko99 on | April 2, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    INTRODUCING........ Pune, Ranchi, Rajkot and Dharamsala. The new DUST BOWLS for cricket to be played & the Indian batsmen to flourish & to help Tendulkar to get to 200th INTERNATIONAL CENTURY.......CHEERS !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Thank god.. No more Arun Lal and Shivaramakrishnan!!

  • POSTED BY Vivek78 on | April 2, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Thank You Star TV......YO...! :)

  • POSTED BY monisammy on | April 2, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    REALLY A GOOD NEWS FOR ALL THE INDIAN CRICKET FANS... USELESS NIMBUS & OTHER SUBSTANDARD CHANNELS USED PUT ADDS EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF AN OVER... AND EXCEPT STAR-ESPN OTHER CHANNELS DON'T HAVE PROFESSIONAL COVERAGE...

  • POSTED BY Rajeev129 on | April 2, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Thank God. Finally there is very good chance for Indian viewers to keenly have an eye on their domestic talent. Infact Neo also telecasted those games, but average Indian audience only have 1-1.5 hrs to observe those games somewhere at evening. I dont know what's the exact problem, highlights of Neo are either lengthy and/or of poor quality to impress the viewers. But most of the Indians are already well aware of the domestic players in England and Australia just because of highlights from Star Cricket.

    The first major task of ESPNSTAR should be on TV commentators, because for every tournament starting from ICC-CLT20-Australia-England-India same voices of Ravi Shastri, Ian chappel, Sourav, Sanjay, Wilkins... will be boring. Hoping that ESS will hire all the major commentators across the country and around the world as well.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    I wish that star network should use the commentry feed of channel 9 of austrailia and sky sports as they have best commentators on board.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Thats Great! We can see all matches in HD!

  • POSTED BY cric4india on | April 2, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Finallllyyyyy!!!!!! I was over the roof when ICC gave the rights to ESPN-Star. Now there is no limit! Virtually every match we play is on ESS now! Good bye Arun Lal and Sivaramakrishnan! Come on Harsha Bhogle! And to think of the so many lesser ads! Cricket in true sense finally!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Yuppie, some things have to change, STAR is the best when it comes to Cricket Broadcasting. Fedup of Sony, Neo , Tensports coverages. Atleast from now on we could see pre and post match sessions with more eagerness. Harsha and co. delivers it better... than Charu Sharma or Neo RKS.!

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | April 2, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Good Quality Pictures, better commentary, more technological details and hope lesser advertisements.... STAR IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Sanjeevakki on | April 2, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    First Good Step towards Bringing back the Crowd towards Cricket from heart!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Seriously, who cares about all this info ? I hate it when media talks about how much each player gets paid and all that match related people's and TV rights financial details. Seriously, why should normal people care or get to know these details ?

  • POSTED BY dinuhebbar on | April 2, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    While i am assured on quality front, i am afraid that the price paid may filter into my pocket in some way or the other and ESPN package may exit middle class households.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Great News. I have always like to watch the matches on ESPN/STAR for the kind of quality and entertainment they provide. BCCI has been making money left, right & Centre. It could be better if they utilize this money for making improve the conditions of our stadiums and the cricketers in the country.

  • POSTED BY simpleguy2008 on | April 2, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    now i wanna see UDRS system to be given green signal by the BCCI

  • POSTED BY subbaraogaru on | April 2, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Great relief for Indian cricket fans.... I hope no ads between the overs and good professional coverage from star and espn makes the game more interesting....

  • POSTED BY Karthik_CricketFan on | April 2, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Let us all enjoy ad-free cricket matches clubbed with good commentary from now.

  • POSTED BY simpleguy2008 on | April 2, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    thanks BCCI for listening now please go for the UDRS now please my last wish please.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    dear star productions please improve your commentry during matches.they just like too be seemed as not interested in commentring on match

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Great news for INDIAN CRICKET...

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | April 2, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Unfortunate that the picture in this news-story talks about India's tour of England in 2011 and shows SRT whereas the only PERFORMER (HERO) of the tour was Dravid. Thats why cricket is at this stage now.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Great news.The quality of broadcast will definitely improve.Because ESPN-STAR is way ahead compared to other sports channel.Good commentary team,good audio-video quality,great broadcast engineers.I still remember the 2011 world cup which was produced by ESPN-STAR.It was no doubt world class.

  • POSTED BY abhyudayj on | April 2, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    be it star sports or any other sport channel the Indian Cricket matches are telecast on doordarshan without any extra cost for Indian public

  • POSTED BY SVJ23 on | April 2, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    That's great news.No irritating broadcast of Neo.

  • POSTED BY SRT_211503 on | April 2, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Big blessing for Indian fans....hope they donot show ads during play...

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 2, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Please sign up these commentators to make it more interesting.... harsha bhoghle(for his sense of humor), sunil gavaskar(for his depth of cricket knowledge and indian sentiments), ravi shastry(for his cricket knowledge and temperament of voice), ian chappel (for his cricket knowledge,radical strategy), tony greg(awesome brit accent, temperament), michal holding(for his funny accent)...

  • POSTED BY sudheercric on | April 2, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    a warm welcome to star cricket on behalf of Indain fans..we love the quality u provide :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    cheers espn.star to win da bid,,, after an long long gonna watch cricket with gud quality and commentary, till now we were watching telecast in mute mode when live on neo cricket hate the voices of ravi sastri, siva ramakrishnan and aurnlal. plz include tony greg, geffrey boycot, and michael slatter in ur pannel... we missed u harsha bogle in last aussie tour.congrats once again.

  • POSTED BY VT2608 on | April 2, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Yupieee, we can now enjoy home matches in HD and also have Harsha Bhogle...thats wonderful :) also hopefully there is some sense in broacasting of domestic matches by ESS, Neo relayed Baroda V UP during Ranji KO stages but dint show MUM V TN depsite they hving 2 channels...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Neo was good STAR's commentary is way too old......

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | April 2, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    BCCI likes to own the production rights...Can someone elaborate?

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Good news for all cricket fans. Espn-Star Sports broadcasting is really superb and also great promotion & look-forwards as can be seen in World Cup 2011, t20 World Cups, Champions League T20, Ashes, and even domestic tournaments like of Australia & England. It will enhance India's domestic season too.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    some good news on the first anniversary of world cup victory...i hope this marks the end of the Arun Lal and Laxman Shivaramakrishnan era

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | April 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    great to know this....from now onwards we can see the matches in HD & also commentated by best commentators in the world...lol !!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    the best part of this deal is that mediocre commentary will be kept at bay .. you surely can expect classy match analysis and better commentary during exciting periods of play :) .. No offence to Nimbus and Neo Sports but I guess all of us are aware that we surely do not deserve over dose of ads and interrupted coverage due to faulty transmissions ..

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    what is so bad about neo cricket i love neo cricket

  • POSTED BY CaughtAndBowled on | April 2, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Out of this, how much BCCI would spend on building infrastructure and improving standard of Indian cricket? I bet not even 1%.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Atleast we could watch each over fully rather jumping to a commercial before the last ball being bowled...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    finally!!i gotta say nimbus cricket presentation was very very depressing :p Star cricket's got quality :)

  • POSTED BY skalwani on | April 2, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    So who will broadcast t he games in North America? Does anyone know or can they comment?

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    yeah they also got rights for domestic cricket,seldom do people come and watch the game,and 6-7 hrs of domestic coverage...thats a rude shock....

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Now i can unsubscribe the neo sports package from my DTH account :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Looking forward to the Hogh quality broadcasting of ESS

  • POSTED BY Amar_Teddy on | April 2, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Good that Star has bagged the rights for India too but i don understand why the deal does not cover the knockout matches of Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy..Hope the commentary team improves...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    excellent but bring back harsha bhoghle and sunil gavaskar !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    i think star deserve that bid.they are pioneer. they have very good broadcasting team is well

  • POSTED BY kpms on | April 2, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    that is good news as the broadcast of Nimbus was of very low quality unlike ESS during the english and aussie summer....

  • POSTED BY prasad.suvarna on | April 2, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    finallllly we can see first and last ball of a over...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Its very very good news to watch cricket in ESS with good quality and good commentary. Not only India matches any matches its very good to watch in ESS. Sony also some better quality. And watching other than these two channels its toooo boring because of low quality and commentary.

  • POSTED BY Sav007 on | April 2, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Neo or star, what i want is full coverage of match without loss of single delivery due to commercials, and ya off-course good commentary....:)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    WOW! this is a great news!!!

  • POSTED BY thripal on | April 2, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    its wonderful to here this news, the clarity in telecast and in the commentary will improve with ESS.But they have to do a very important job to get back HARSHA BOGLE.I they have to launch one more cricket/sports channel exclusively for domestic cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Thank god. Was completely fed up of Neo sports. Hopefully better everything now.

  • POSTED BY varadhamaddur on | April 2, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    All that are good...except.... are we going to miss RK??.... i think he is one of the better commentators that Star group should consider..but not leaving Harsha who is THE BEST in the business...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Finally we will enjoy the clarity of sound n picture..... last bt not least finally d best commentators too.

  • POSTED BY rekbalaji1 on | April 2, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Thanks for BCCI for Giving Priority for ESPN Star Sports...Neo Sports s Below par....ESPNStarsports Rocks.................

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | April 2, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Fantastic news! Good riddance pathetic Nimbus.

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | April 2, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    finally you can watch cricket without having to put your tv set on mute. what's more, you can even watch all the six deliveries in an over.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    now we can see the indian matches ingoodquality just aswe saw the 2011 wc which was also in better quality

  • POSTED BY Viky_Robin on | April 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    I am waiting for this for years. We can have good coverage and commentry. The most important one is that we can watch our domestic matches.I have one request to STAR "Please don't"advertise at onside of the screen while watching the match. It really frustrates"

  • POSTED BY krishnalikeyou on | April 2, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Kindly avoid Ravi Shastri,L.Sivaramakrishnan,Arun lal from your commentary team.Instead of choosing former players with poor English,Give chance to youngsters. We need more Harsha Bhogle

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    So finally we have moved away from Neo sports and now the clarity and the commentary during the matches will be excellent just like ESS does during English and Aussies matches.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    For India matches Star also will show alot of commercials compared to other country so I don't think there will be no change other than the quality in HD.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    It is good that Star group has bagged the rights for Cricket in India. So far we have been watching sub-standard signals from NIMBUS. We can be rest assured that the standard of broadcast will be much better and also we get to hear the voices of some really good commentators.

  • POSTED BY Venki_indian on | April 2, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    thank God..no more Neo sports...Good news for indian cricket fans

  • POSTED BY goldenfish on | April 2, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Its Very Wonderfull that Star India & Espn Win The rights of Indian Cricket team Match. we seen the world class cricket in Star Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Adeel9 on | April 2, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Hurray! Thank you ESPN-Star from saving us from pathetic neo. Now I'm looking forward to enjoying matches with superb production values rather than pathetic and boring presentation of neo.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Thats a great news for India. Nimbus broadcast was substandard. Now we can watch cricket in STAR CRICKET in HD.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    bangladesh should also terminate the contart with nimbus...and sell the rights to espn-star...............

  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | April 2, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    @Amit Karia i agree with you

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Thats a great news for Indian cricket. Nimbus broadcast was substandard. Now we have the opportunity to watch it in HD.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    STAR..pls avoid Wasim Akram from your commentary team. Instead, Add some good commentators from NZ

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Quality begins now..good coverage..good voice.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Star will launch another channel and in no time our domestic circuit will be as popular as the Australian and English circuits. This will go a long way towards the domestic channels being competitive. Good stuff!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Its blessing in disguise.. We will watch high quality :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    We can finally hope to see 6-ball overs ;-).

    I don't mind paying extra subscription money as long as the commercials are kept to a minimum.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    This clearly shows that BCCI is more interested in Money.... Star doesnt have any experience in Sports Broadcasting atleast in India .. ... But it would have been really nice if ESPN would have bagged those rights !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    with the present performance of indian cricket team - star might regret but i am impressed by the value it has been able generate

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @Abhishek Gupta- no i dont think IPL will be shown

  • POSTED BY skumar8494 on | April 2, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Now the cricket match will come in which channel... STAR Cricket or Star TV

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Wonder where all that money goes out of BCCI accounts? Building world class staudiums and coaching facilities? Yeah, right!

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 2, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @Abhishek Gupta, IPL broadcasted by SETMAX, all the indian matches will be broadcasted by Star Cricket, Espn Starsports. Good news finally, i love to watch cricket on Star Cricket than any other channel.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    congrats star!!! good news nimbus broadcast wasn't upto the standard...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Gr8 News for Cricket Fans across INDIA. ESPN - STAR CRICKET will do what SKY did to ENGLISH Cricket. It will be a major boost for DOMESTIC matches which are now a days only watched by Team Players and officials, Groundsmen, support staff and Street Dog coz lack of Marketing .

  • POSTED BY Zaeb on | April 2, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Finally we will be able to watch cricket in good quality without any fuss.

  • POSTED BY Gopal321 on | April 2, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Thank God. I hated the earlier cricket telecasters in India. They just did not care for the viewer.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Thanks God!! Nimbus coverage was horrible. They over hyped all matches. I hated especially the filmi built up to retelcast of old matches which most people would have seen live. Nimbus did a overkill of cricket broadcast....Great it came to an end..

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    $750 million and the best they can do is about number 6 in the test cricket world. What a joke.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @abhishek you can see matches now on Star cricket / espn IPL is still with Sony so you will see it on set max

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    It would be nice to watch cricket in STAR CRICKET/ESPN/STAR SPORTS...I like star cricket...

  • POSTED BY CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on | April 2, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Dear me US$750 million and that too for just 96 matches this is a ripper to sucking BCCI hope they improve pitches and make it greener and bouncier coz if we fail for next tours star cricket may ditch BCCI

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    IPL-5 will be broadcasted in Both Star and Set Max or Only MAX or Only Star????

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Good newws for the Indian cricket fans! Star is far better because of super quality telecasting, great commentry panel with sanjay, ravi sunil, dada and also wasim! I always wonder why the hell neo sports is telecasting indian matches! now its gonna be a relief for me! And hopefully i dont wanna hear this from laxman sivaramakrishnan "HE PUTS IT DOWN, WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT? HE PUTS DOWN A SITTER" Lol

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Who Will Broadcast Star Cricket or New channel By star.

  • POSTED BY DreamGame on | April 2, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Yayyyyyyy.......three cheers!!! This will make all cricket fans very very happy......Thank you BCCI! Congrats ESS !! we now look forward to the usual professional, superb cricket coverage from your channel...... it will make watching cricket even more enjoyable.....Good Riddance NEO!!

  • POSTED BY rupeshpullewar on | April 2, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @abhishek star cricket will broadcast the matches.. but without ipl.. ipl will be on max

  • POSTED BY Bharat. on | April 2, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    ohh thats now cricketing action will be in high definition

  • POSTED BY Abhishek.2626 on | April 2, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    AWESUM!.. finally we ll be able to watch home matches on a professional network... indeed the BEST sports broadcaster "ESPN STAR" :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    new home of indian cricket

  • POSTED BY krish79 on | April 2, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Its like this from now on , i may be wrong.

    ICC Tournaments (World cup 50-50,20-20) - ESPN Matches played in Aus,Eng - ESPN Matches played in SA ,WI,Pak- Ten sports Matches played in India - STAR IPL - SET MAX Matches Played in Srilanka, Bangladesh- ???

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    huh...finally indian sub-continant matches too viewed as quality as aus,eng mathces... thanks to ESS....:)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    thank god star cricket is much better channel than neo .....

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Quality begins now..we can expect good coverage. good voice...and better analysis.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    that's a right decision by BCCI.

  • POSTED BY Crusader1980 on | April 2, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Has ESPN and Star parted then...in the previous article about this TV rights, Cricinfo had put ESS....??? So what happened now...no ESPN anymore...???

  • POSTED BY drrajivjaggi on | April 2, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    will star broadcast domestic cricket too with this package This year no match was covered due to dispute, also live matches of domestic cricket on internet where ball by ball coverage should be taken care, Late session by update is not upto the mark This should be taken seriously

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Down to pathetic coverage (Read Neo) ESPN-star has always given first class coverage over the years..

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Which STAR TV is this?, earlier this site reported as "ESPN Star Sports* (ESS), Multi-Screen Media (Sony), Bennett Coleman, which owns the Times of India, and a consortium involving TV-18 and Reliance" are the bidders. Is it ESS? then it is good to hear. Bye Bye the commentary the worst commentary of Neo.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    ess might have lost roland garros and euro to neo, but bagged a golden egg!!!!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | April 2, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Good for fans to receive a completely different brand of cricket from now.. How is start going to accomodate the county cricket, Aussie domestic and Indian domestic? Will the Star sports be dedicated completely to one nation.. Anyway, we are happy that we are going to see a better coverage from now..

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    this is gud news; broadcasting by STAR will hv good quality compared to Nimbus.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Good move,, hope we can enjoy indian matches with best available technics and commentary in this field.

  • POSTED BY Abhi.Kumar on | April 2, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Star TV Means ESPN STAR Sports.

  • POSTED BY nishpapjibon on | April 2, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Thts great bt Star It Slf buy matches frm othr Country and nt Available everywhr. Mst here we UAE vewirs dn gt the star available. is it star cricket?

  • POSTED BY Kanz21 on | April 2, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    now we can have a quality production from an established name

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    i think Star will Announce a new TV channel based on Indian Cricket... cause ESS owns star cricket/sports/ and espn..

  • POSTED BY sid2109 on | April 2, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Definitely a blessing!!....I am sure we'll get premium quality coverage for next siz years :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    who's gonna telecast ipl????

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    IPL telecast on set max... star will broadcast matches played in India..

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | April 2, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Abhishek Gupta - Sony continues to own rights for IPL. Star can choose to broadcast Indian matches on any of its channels. If there are simultaneous games, they might even split with other channels. That is upto them. This just gives them the rights.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    star and espn bid seperatrly so dont know which channle ll be telecast the matches in India...

  • POSTED BY TerryRoberts on | April 2, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    This is great news for indian cricket lovers!!! wow!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Thank u BCCI..first time u hvae done a good job..Finally....ESPN STAR will show India matches.....ah...maza aa gaya...! Thanx BCCI ..But where will dom. cricket shown

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Gr8 Job Team ESS well done..........................

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Would this also mean coverage for the Ranji Trophy matches which were being broadcast live by NeoCricket? I do hope that the domestic matches are telecast too on Star.

  • POSTED BY Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on | April 2, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    3851 crores??? for 96 matches? that is 40 crores per match. their production costs etc might make it at least 45 crores per match. do they expect to get enough advertising to offset this cost?

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Great! Hope this assures "professional" coverage with knowledgeable people doing commentary, coverage, etc without needing to resort to often silly models and actors with cinematic overtones strutting around and taking the game out of Cricket. Most people would prefer something classy and seriously professional with Cricket being the essence (of course with the right touch of wit, satire, fun,etc). The other extreme is a lack of creativity and monotony. Am sure these will be addressed now

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    This is Good News for Cricket fan... But we will miss Mr. Harsha Bhogle and Mr. Gavsakar in Commentry team. Mr. Bhogle is freelance and Mr. Gavaskar is on other Sports Chennel.

  • POSTED BY Aman_blues on | April 2, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    datz a great news for indian fans.

  • POSTED BY rekbalaji1 on | April 2, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Thanks for BCCI for Choosing the Rights for Espn Starsports...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    personally happy... #star got #bcci tv rights...

    so we'll watch 1st & 6th ball of each over & even better, fav Harsha Bhogle will commentate... star has the best technique team in world...!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    I am extremely happy. Congratulations Star TV, don't know if it is ESPN Star together or Star TV alone won the bid. Nevertheless, its a huge moment for Indian Cricket fan. I still cant forget the days when Sony Max started to broadcast ICC Champions trophy & ICC world Cup & their coverage was bizarre to say the least. . Neo also followed their footsteps & made mess of coverage with advertisements all over the place, even before an over is completed, way too shoddy. My heartiest congratulations to STAR TV & every cricket fan.....cant wait for the next international match in India.

  • POSTED BY rekbalaji1 on | April 2, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Gud to C Matches,Analysis on ESPNSTAR Group...

  • POSTED BY Zaeb on | April 2, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    very delighted to know that Star won the rights.., the quality of cricket matches in India will finally give us a better watching experience without fuss compared to earlier broadcasters..

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Which channels is IPL comin on

  • POSTED BY ANJAN28 on | April 2, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    It is the best news that we, the cricket fans can get regarding watching of cricket matches. We can now hope to get the best picture, best commentry , analysis and we sincerely hope not to miss the first and last ball of the over.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    yepiee.... i'm loving it...

  • POSTED BY 8teen on | April 2, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    This is a great day for Indian cricket viewers .Thankyou EspnStar

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | April 2, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Thank god Sony didn't win this bid. Watching 2003 & 2007 world cups on Sony Max was real PITA. IPL is another event bombarded with ads on this channel. And for god's sake, kindly revoke license of Neo Cricket forever.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    It's good for viewer bcoz star cricket bordcasting picture quality is much more better than other like sony and neo cricket. I hope they will live telecast not only the international but also domestic cricket tournament like ranji and duleep trophy also.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    thats gud news finally star win the bid no adds between matches

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Gr8 News for indian fans, now we can enjoy the quality broadcasting of Star, which is second to none.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    I am Happy !!!! Star is 100 times better than Nimbus and Sony

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Congratulations!! Star.. You are the best... Now you can stream the matches.. legally on Cricinfo!

  • POSTED BY rahulannu on | April 2, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    That good news...but can we see HARSHA+SUNIL+Ravi+Ian+Wasim+SANJAY (no Sourav please) in the commentary box...The quality of such combination is of highest International class with STAR..I love to such voices with Harsha hosting...please do not add politics in the Cricket....last time I really miss both Sunil+ Harsha.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    It's a blessing for Indian cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    now this is what we can say star!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Who will be broadcasting the indian matches now on? also whether this will be applicable to IPL broadcasting too?

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  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Who will be broadcasting the indian matches now on? also whether this will be applicable to IPL broadcasting too?

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    now this is what we can say star!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    It's a blessing for Indian cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY rahulannu on | April 2, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    That good news...but can we see HARSHA+SUNIL+Ravi+Ian+Wasim+SANJAY (no Sourav please) in the commentary box...The quality of such combination is of highest International class with STAR..I love to such voices with Harsha hosting...please do not add politics in the Cricket....last time I really miss both Sunil+ Harsha.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Congratulations!! Star.. You are the best... Now you can stream the matches.. legally on Cricinfo!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    I am Happy !!!! Star is 100 times better than Nimbus and Sony

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Gr8 News for indian fans, now we can enjoy the quality broadcasting of Star, which is second to none.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    thats gud news finally star win the bid no adds between matches

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    It's good for viewer bcoz star cricket bordcasting picture quality is much more better than other like sony and neo cricket. I hope they will live telecast not only the international but also domestic cricket tournament like ranji and duleep trophy also.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | April 2, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Thank god Sony didn't win this bid. Watching 2003 & 2007 world cups on Sony Max was real PITA. IPL is another event bombarded with ads on this channel. And for god's sake, kindly revoke license of Neo Cricket forever.