IPL 2020 Likely To Introduce Commentary From Home Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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The cricketing world virtual commentary for the first time during the innovative 3TC Solidarity Cup in Centurion last week. The COVID-19 pandemic has asked for special measures and the broadcasters came up with a new idea. After being fairly successful, Star Sports is planning to introduce home commentary in IPL 2020.

Meanwhile, the exhibition match witnessed commentator relaying the game from their home. Irfan Pathan was doing his job from his home in Baroda while Sanjay Manjrekar and Deep Dasgupta fulfilled their commitments from Mumbai and Kolkata respectively.

Star Sports came up with this new idea due to the travel restrictions. Moreover, not only the commentators but the crew also worked from their homes with the director sitting in Mysore. After getting exciting reviews, the broadcasters are planning to introduce home commentary in IPL 2020.

IPL 2020 to see commentary from home

With ICC postponing the T20 World Cup 2020, BCCI is free to organise the cash-rich league. As per reports, UAE is likely to host the 13th edition of the tournament in September-November. As of now, BCCI has sought clearance from the Government to take IPL 2020 out of India due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases with each day.

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Speaking on the same, former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan admitted it will be difficult during IPL. He also added that it was an extraordinary experience commentating from home.

“It was an extraordinary experience though we were worried throughout because the internet speed can fluctuate and that affects the voice quality. Anything can happen anytime in live cricket 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 during the pandemic.

“Though this was an exhibition game, everyone took it very seriously as they all wanted the show to resume (after months of break). Star is usually very thorough with its planning and execution but commentary from home in the IPL will be a massive challenge,” added Irfan as quoted by Hindustan Times.

With difficult situations calling for different measures, commentating from anywhere in the world might be a regular feature soon.