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All India Radio (AIR) will provide the live commentary of Indian men’s and women’s cricket matches in the next two years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced this deal on Tuesday (10th September).
According to this deal, AIR will provide the live commentary during India’s home international matches. Moreover, this service will be also available for men’s and women’s domestic cricket matches. AIR will provide their coverage in Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Women’s Challenger Series, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Irani Cup (Men).
This two-year contract will run from 10th September 2019 to 31st August 2021. It will allow many Indian listeners to follow the game regularly.
AIR will start this journey from the India-South Africa T20I series
This service will begin from the upcoming home T20I series against South Africa. The Proteas are ready to play the international bilateral series against the hosts India in September-October 2019.
At first, they will play the three-match T20I series from 15th September to 22nd September 2019. Dharamsala (15th September), Mohali (18th September) and Bengaluru (22nd September) will host the T20I series.
Later, they will play the three-match Test series between 2nd October and 23rd October 2019. Vishakhapatnam (2-6 October), Pune (10-14 October) and Ranchi (19-23 October) will organise the Test series. This series will be the part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (2019-21). While it will be India’s second series in this Championship, South Africa will play their opening series in this Championship.
India is leading the points table of ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 with 120 points after winning the Test series against the host side Windies. India finished that two-match away Test series after completing the whitewash (won by 2-0).
However, the bilateral ODI series will be played in March 2020. South Africa will again tour in India in next March for the only three-match ODI series.
On the other hand, South Africa Women’s are also set to play limited-overs bilateral series against the hosts India Women. The five-match T20I series will run from 24th September to 4th October 2019. Later, they will play the three-match ODI series from 9th October to 14th October 2019.
The women’s ODI series will not be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship 2017-20.