ESPN STAR Sports, Asia's No. 1 Sports Broadcaster and the global commercial rights holder of the Nokia Champions League T20 has awarded the broadcast rights for Nokia Champions League Twenty20 to TAJ Television Limited on TEN Sports, Pakistan.
Ten Sports, Pakistan will be telecasting all the matches LIVE and Exclusive. Some of the world's top T20 players will be competing in this tournament from 19th September to 9th October.
Taj Television Limited, CEO Atul Pande said, “We are extremely happy acquire the rights for one of the most fascinating T20 League in the world. Top cricket clubs from around the world, comprising of top rated T20 players will compete in this month-long tournament. Ten Sports will be telecasting all the 29 matches LIVE and Exclusive for viewers in Pakistan.”
Said Anurag Dahiya, ESPN STAR Sports' Senior Vice President, Corporate Development/Cricket Rights: “We are delighted to partner Ten Sports to showcase the Nokia Champions League Twenty20 in a passionate cricketing nation and major powerhouse in the sport. Cricket fans in Pakistan can look forward to our world-class production and presentation package, having lined-up many innovative production initiatives and our specialist commentary team of international cricketing legends and experts from top cricket-playing nations for all the matches.”
ESPN STAR Sports' coverage of the Nokia Champions League Twenty20 includes a stellar line-up of cricket experts that includes Harsha Bhogle, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Kepler Wessels, HD Ackerman, Ian Chappell, Tom Moody, Ian Bishop and Alan Wilkins.
The start of the main tournament will be preceded by a qualifier for the first time from which three teams will progress to the main round to compete with seven others. The qualifiers will be held in Hyderabad between September 19 and 21, while the main tournament will be spread across three cities - Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata.
The main tournament will start from 23rd September and ends with final on 9th October in Chennai.