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Jackman, Mbangwa, Moody, Raja, Reeve join Ind panel
Mumbai 22 March 2012
The 2012 season of the DLF IPL is set to commence on Wednesday, 4 April 2012, and some of the world best commentators will be there to bring the best ball-by-ball action.
This year sees 9 teams playing a total of 76 matches played across 12 venues starting with defending champions Chennai Super Kings hosting the Mumbai Indians at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
IPL has invited the best commentators the game has ever seen from all over the globe, to share their experience and expertise with television viewers around the world.
Robin Jackman, who was born in the Punjab and played for both England and Rhodesia, has settled in South Africa as a commentator. He will be joined by recently retired HD Ackerman and former South African captain Kepler Wessels, who coached Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural season in 2008.
Tom Moody is the lone Australian on the panel. He was coach of Kings XI Punjab from 2008 to 2010. He was part of two World Cup winning teams and also coached Sri Lanka between 2005 and 2007.
Another World Cup winner who will be seated in the commentary box is Pakistan’s Rameez Raja, who was part of Imran Khan’s victorious team in 1992, whilst former Zimbabwean captain Alastair Campbell will be joined by his national team mate Pommi Mbangwa.
New Zealand speedsters Danny Morrison and Simon Doull, and batting ace Craig McMillan will join the panel from New Zealand, whilst Dermot Reeve, assistant coach to Pune Warriors India in 2011, will be coming from England.
India will have the largest representation of commentators and will feature the renowned Sunil Gavaskar, who is better known as test cricket’s first ‘five-figure’ man, who also carries the credibility of being the most experienced of all commentators in the tournament.
The commentary panel will boast the ‘spin twins’ Ravi Shastri and L. Sivaramakrishnan who will be joined by ‘Mr. Technique’ Sanjay Manjrekar, and the popular Harsha Bhogle.
IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla, commented: “One of the many highlights of the DLF IPL is the manner in which the skills of the cricketers on the field are complemented by those of the experts sitting in the commentary box. There is no doubt that the commentary team for this year’s tournament will enhance the viewing experience for television audiences across the globe.”
The DLF IPL 2012 Opening Nite has been the buzzword on everyone’s lips, as local and international entertainers will descend on one stage to mark the fifth season of IPL. Matching the verve, energy and spirit of the competition is Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor, who is set to enthrall audiences at the YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam in Chennai on April 3.
The actress, renowned for her accomplished performances in films as diverse as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Omkara and Jab We Met, is known for her vivacious screen and stage presence. With her impeccable sense of style, she has established herself as a youth icon and is a firm favourite of Hindi film fans across the world.
From the legendary Amitabh Bachchan to the mind-blowing Prabhudeva, from the sultry Priyanka Chopra to the charismatic Salman Khan, and from the melodic Colonial Cousins to Katy Perry – Opening Nite has it all. Kareena Kapoor adds her own brand of ebullience to this all-star ensemble, making this an unforgettable evening and the perfect way to start a summer of exciting carnival cricket.
All nine team captains will also be present to take the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge at the opening ceremony, reaffirming the values in IPL’s commitment to the spirit of cricket, which has been on display since the competition’s inception in 2008.
Tickets prices will start at Rs.1500 and can be purchased from IPLT20.com. The evening’s performances will start at 19:30 and gates will open from 17:00.
DLF IPL 2012 Opening Nite is a Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd event.