BBC World Service in partnership with All India Radio and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is launching Stumped on 17th January, 2015. The programme which is created by the BBC in co-operation with All India Radio and ABC, will bring together three cricket livewires on one platform—India, the UK and Australia.
The team of Stumped has presenters from all the three broadcasters. The names which are part of commentators’ team are Prakash Wakankar, English commentator of AlR; Alison Mitchell, first female commentator of BBC and the programme host-and Jim Maxwell, from ABC. The idea behind the show is to explore the world of cricket and bring lively, informative, and humorous debate.
Keeping with the spirit of World Cup 2015, the first series will coincide with the start of the World Cup 2015. The show will be hosted from venues across the World Cup host countries Australia and New Zealand. There will be weekly roundup and discussion of key talking points from the World Cup and other lighter stories in sport from around the world.
Indian Cricket Fans will truly relish the ‘tales from the test’ that will be recounted by renowned cricketing raconteur Henry Blofeld. Beside this there will be some hard hitting questions on the show like: Why did penguins once stop play? And which international team score highest in the fashion stakes? Why do so many cricket terms find their way into everyday language?
F Sheheryar, Director General, All India Radio, said: “AIR is delighted to co-produce and broadcast ‘Stumped’, together with BBC and ABC, on cricket, which undoubtedly is the favourite sport of millions of sports lovers in India. All India Radio hopes that this programme, which will be carried by AIR’s FM Rainbow network in India, will help ordinary listeners understand the sport better and also spark listeners’ interest in the game in which India is the reigning champion especially with the ICC World Cup round the corner.”
Stumped is weekly programme and it will be aired at 11:30 IST on All India Radio FM Rainbow Network and also at 0030 GMT on the BBC World Service. It will also be live streamed on All India Radio website.