Sony Pictures Sports Network unveils panellists for upcoming Ind-WI series
MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN), the official broadcaster of the India tour of West Indies, has unveiled its programming initiatives to increase engagement with audiences across India. The series, comprising 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Test matches spanning from 3rd August to 3rd September will feature the Indian cricket team for the first time after their appearance at the Cricket World Cup Semi-Finals. The India tour of West Indies will also mark the start of the ICC World Test Championship for both teams.
SPSN’s celebrated live wrap-around show, Extraaa Innings, will return for the India tour of West Indies featuring a host of renowned expert panellists. Sir Vivian Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, Graeme Swann, Murali Kartik, Darren Ganga and Ian Bishop will present comprehensive pre, mid and post-match expert analyses in English, while Ashish Nehra, Ajay Jadeja, Mohammad Kaif and Vivek Razdan along with presenters Gaurav Kapur and Arjun Pandit will be presenting in Hindi.
Extraaa Innings will also make an appearance in the breakfast segment with the post-match analysis for the ODI and Test series. In addition to this, SPSN will be airing ‘Cricket Talk’, a show that will provide previews for the Test format and reviews after the T20I and ODI formats.
The matches, being played across five scenic venues in the Caribbean and in Florida, USA, will be telecast in English on Sony Ten 1 channels and in Hindi on Sony Ten 3 channels. Viewers can expect fast bowling, furious batting and exceptional viewing experience from the highly anticipated series only on Sony Pictures Sports Network.
Sony Pictures Networks India Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business Rajesh Kaul said, “This monsoon, Indian viewers can watch #MoreCricket and thrilling action on Sony Pictures Sports Network with The Ashes and India tour of West Indies. A robust programming line-up has been created for the India tour of West Indies along with the legendary Sir Vivian Richards and Sunil Gavaskar reuniting in the studio along with other exceptional panellists. The India tour of West Indies will also mark the start of the ICC World Test Championship for both teams. With brilliant performances expected from both the highly skilled teams, the India tour of West Indies is going to be unmissable for every cricket lover in the nation.”
Sunil Gavaskar, Former India Captain and Panelist, Extraaa Innings stated, “West Indies will always hold a very special place in my heart since I started my career over there and have immense respect for their players. Sir Vivian Richards and I have played against each other several times but at the Sony Pictures Sports Network studios, we will share a partnership for the India tour of West Indies 2019.”
Sir Vivian Richards, Former West Indies Captain and Panelist, Extraaa Innings noted, “India-West Indies series have always seen explosive action and I don’t expect anything less this time around. With the current form of the West Indies team, I look forward to them giving a tough competition to the Indian side. Sitting next to Sunil Gavaskar in the studio of Sony Pictures Sports Network in West Indies will also be like reliving the memories of my playing days against him in my country.”