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Ten Sports to bring live indoor cricket match

02-October-2002
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Ten Sports to bring live indoor cricket match

Top Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Javagal Srinath will be taking part in a "Brits" vs "The Rest of The World". This format will have each match consisting of four innings - two per side with each innings consisting of 15 overs - and captains have the luxury of making player substitutions to their 11-strong teams. For the first five overs of each innings only six fielders are permitted to be outside the field restriction area at the time of delivery.

Batsmen will be offered 10-run incentives for any shots that land in the upper tier, eight for reaching the middle tier with a normal six for the lower tier. "The Brits" and the "Rest of the World" will play the first indoor cricket "international" to be played in England.

The Brits led by Nasser Hussain will take on a Rest of The World Eleven led by New Zealand's Stephen Fleming.

There will be more entertainment provided to the viewing public with Wales's Pop Idol star Jessica Garlick and West End singer Steve Balsamo joining top Asian band Stereo Nation as the off-field entertainment.

Says Peter Hutton, Vice President Programming and Events - "This is a unique event and we wanted to be the first to bring this exciting concept to India. Cricket is something that is best enjoyed with little or no interruptions and with the indoor venue there will be no rain delays. In addition the tight packaging of each match into 4-5 hours of dynamite action will keep the interest alive with the youngsters and bring in even the casual observer in to the viewership net"

Along with live telecast of Formula One, TEN Sports has lined up an array of cricket, including cricket triangulars from Morocco, Classic India-Pakistan Cricket, The Sharjah Cup and The Sharjah Champions Trophy as well as all international cricket from Sri Lanka. Ten Sports will also broadcast other popular sporting events like the WWE, The English FA Cup, Manchester United Football, the WTA (professional women's tennis), ATP Dubai Tennis Open and the Ryder Cup.

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