Star will continue to produce IPL 2021 © BCCI
Star Network will continue production for the upcoming 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, starting April 9. Star had bagged the assembly contract for the IPL and domestic cricket for 3 years (international matches are and were being produced by the BCCI itself) in 2018 and therefore the deal had ended last year.
This year, the BCCI produced the domestic matches and there was always this question if the board would invite applications for production. However, for want of your time , the BCCI has extended the Star deal by a year.
The broadcaster/producer is deploying about 900 personnel aside from 90 commentators (including those from regional languages) for the 52-day league. There are four bubbles over all of the Star production team – three in Mumbai and one in Chennai – which can be deployed for production at the six designated IPL venues – Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Delhi and Kolkata.
“The safety and security of our broadcast crew, talent, and every one staff involved within the production of the IPL is of utmost importance. At any given point of your time , there’ll be four fully operational bio-secure bubbles. We hope that along side the BCCI, we’ll be ready to deliver a secure IPL that’s enjoyed and viewed by everyone from the comfort of their homes,” Sanjog Gupta, Head-Sports, Star, and Disney India said.
With the season starting behind closed doors, Star is bringing during a highlight to their coverage which will allow commentators to interact with fans on the virtual fan wall, a feature seen mostly in European football games. There are a few of other new features – Super Slo-Mos driven by AI (AI) and Mixed Reality Cricket Analysis – that Star will introduce during IPL 2021 too.