The Indo-Pak series is already here and presenting channel Ten Sports is all set to make the maximum out of the situation. Apart from introducing new aspects in the production bit, the channel has planned a whole array of ancillary programming.
As was seen last year, all said and done, cricket has not only brought happiness to channels like DD Sports and Zee Sports, but the India-Pakistan series gave Ten Sports some of the best numbers to speak of in the year and the channel is looking forward to a repeat, if not better performance.
The India tour of Pakistan commences on January 13, 2005. Test matches will be played till February 2, 2006. The ODIs will begin from February 6 and continue till February 19, 2005.
“A distinct facet of every Ten Sports live production, and one that has been well appreciated by cricket writers, administrators and fans alike, is the unbiased, uncontroversial commentary and analysis that we provide,” said Chris McDonald, CEO Taj Television Pvt Ltd. “The fantastic line-up of cricketing legends that we have assembled for the series will certainly provide an interesting perspective to Indian viewers during this enthralling series.”
Names like Imran Khan, Geoffrey Boycott and Nasser Hussain will join Ten Sports ambassadors Sanjay Manjrekar and Ramiz Raja on the channel’s flagship analysis show ‘Straight Drive’, during the broadcast of the Allianz Cup.
Ten Sports will telecast ball-by-ball coverage and additional features from the three Test matches and five ODI between the traditional rivals, starting with the first Test at Lahore from January 13. The ‘Straight Drive’ programme will return during the breaks and also at the end of the day’s play.
The commentary team for the series includes West Indian star Michael Holding, Australian Dean Jones, Pakistan’s Ramiz Raja and Waqar Younis, as well as former Indian internationals, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Arun Lal.
A unique feature of the television production for the series will be the use of ultra motion camera, marking it the first sporting broadcast when the highly advanced equipment will be used in the Indian sub-continent. The high-speed camera can record at speeds of 4800 frames per second, thus providing a new dimension to the slow motion replays.
Apart from the ultra motion cameras, Ten Sports will also use the much-appreciated ‘Dartfish’ motion-tracking technology, which it first used during the IndianOil Cup Tri-nation limited over series in Sri Lanka in August last year, as well as the ‘Hawkeye’.
The Ten Sports in-house production teams will produce the entire telecast in association with ARY Digital. This world feed will be given to the respective broadcasters and seen in all major cricket viewing nations.